rig·​ging | \ ˈri-giŋ How to pronounce rigging (audio) , -gən\

Definition of rigging

1a : lines and chains used aboard a ship especially in working sail and supporting masts and spars
b : a similar network (as in theater scenery) used for support and manipulation
2 : clothing

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Examples of rigging in a Sentence

They checked the rigging before they set sail. even at the Ivies they dress in the standard rigging of the college student: T-shirt and jeans

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Yameen challenged the result in the Supreme Court, citing alleged vote rigging, malpractice and corruption. Mohamed Sharuhaan, The Seattle Times, "Maldives court frees opposition leader convicted of bribery," 22 Oct. 2018 The scandal led to billions of dollars in fines on the banks involved in the rigging. Simon Constable, WSJ, "A Replacement for Libor Gains Traction," 7 Oct. 2018 For Structure Tone, the guilty plea was a reprise of a prior investigation, in 1998, when the company pleaded guilty to felony charges for its role in a $2 billion bid-rigging and bribery scheme. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "Investigators Eye Possible $100 Million Construction Fraud," 26 Feb. 2018 Opposition parties have held regular protests since last month's election, alleging vote rigging by the powerful security establishment. Munir Ahmed, Fox News, "Pakistan's Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister," 18 Aug. 2018 Last month, a former chief executive of the company, Martin Winterkorn, was charged with conspiracy over the emissions rigging. New York Times, "Volkswagen Vows to End Experiments on Animals," 4 June 2018 On the title screen, a pixelated moon hangs white and singular behind the rigging of the ship, its light shimmering on the water of an impossibly dark sea. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 Australia’s largest bank, Commonwealth Bank, has been penalized for alleged interest-rate rigging and compliance breaches that the government said allowed its automated banking machines to be used for money laundering. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Australia’s Banks Pursued Profits Over Integrity, Probe Finds," 28 Sep. 2018 People were just setting up the rigging and bringing in the flooring. John Kelly, Washington Post, "This orthopedic surgeon loved the circus so much, he bought one," 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rigging

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rigging

Middle English ragging, riggyng fitting out of a ship

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The first known use of rigging was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of rigging

: the ropes and chains that are used on a ship to help support the masts and sails
: equipment that is used for supporting and using lights, curtains, etc., in a theater


rig·​ging | \ ˈri-giŋ How to pronounce rigging (audio) \

Kids Definition of rigging

: lines and chains used on a ship to help support the masts and sails

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