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Riga, Treaty of
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Rigging definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RIG'GING, ppr. Dressing; fitting with shrouds, braces, etc.
RIG'GING, n. Dress; tackle; particularly, the ropes which support the masts, extend and contract the sails, etc. of a ship. This is of two kinds, standing rigging, as the shrouds and stays, and running rigging, such as braces, sheets, halliards, clewlines, etc.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails [syn: rigging, tackle]
2: formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel [syn: rig, rigging]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English ragging, riggyng fitting out of a ship Date: 1594 1. a. 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a ship's spars, ropes, etc., supporting and controlling the sails. 2 the ropes and wires supporting the structure of an airship or biplane.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rig Rig, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rigged; p. pr. & vb. n. Rigging.] [Norweg. rigga to bind, particularly, to wrap round, rig; cf. AS. wr[=i]han to cover.] 1. To furnish with apparatus or gear; to fit with tackling. 2. To dress; to equip; to clothe, especially in an odd or fanciful manner; -- commonly followed by out. Jack was rigged out in his gold and silver lace. --L'Estrange. To rig a purchase, to adapt apparatus so as to get a purchase for moving a weight, as with a lever, tackle, capstan, etc. To rig a ship (Naut.), to fit the shrouds, stays, braces, etc., to their respective masts and yards.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rigging Rig"ging, n. DRess; tackle; especially (Naut.), the ropes, chains, etc., that support the masts and spars of a vessel, and serve as purchases for adjusting the sails, etc. See Illustr. of Ship and Sails. Running rigging (Naut.), all those ropes used in bracing the yards, making and shortening sail, etc., such as braces, sheets, halyards, clew lines, and the like. Standing rigging (Naut.), the shrouds and stays.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Vote or ballot rigging is the act of dishonestly organizing an election to get a particular result. She was accused of corruption, of vote rigging on a massive scale. N-UNCOUNT: usu supp N 2. On a ship, the rigging is the ropes which support the ship's masts and sails.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Tackle, gear, ropes of a ship.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Clothing. I'll unrig the bloss; I'll strip the wench. Rum Rigging; fine clothes. The cull has rum rigging, let's ding him and mill him, and pike; the fellow has good clothes, let's knock him down, rob him, and scour off, i.e. run away.

Moby Thesaurus

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