(noun.) gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails.
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(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Rig
(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.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
n. Tackle, gear, ropes of a ship.
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- Adrian sat at the helm; I attended to the rigging, the breeze right aft filled our swelling canvas, and we ran before it over the untroubled deep. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- Some sailors being aloft in the main-topsail rigging, the captain had ordered them to race down, threatening the hindmost with the cat-of-nine-tails. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- Who does not know of the tarred rigging that once meant so much to the rope maker? Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- When steam power took the place of wind power in ships the use of tarred rigging naturally declined, yet tarred goods still form an important branch of the rope business. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- Sum'at lyin' in the boat, cried Gurt, who had climbed up the weather rigging; maybe it's Mr Justinian. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
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