WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
rig /rɪg/USA pronunciation
v., rigged, rig•ging,n.
v. [~ + object]
- to fit (a ship, etc.) with ropes, chains, etc.:The new ship was rigged for its first sail.
- to furnish with equipment:The truck was rigged with a roof rack.
- to assemble, install, or prepare: [~ ( + up) + object]The campers rigged (up) a shelter from tree branches.[~ + object ( + up)]rigged a shelter (up) from branches.
- to arrange in a dishonest way; fix:to rig prices.
- [countable] the arrangement of the masts, sails, etc., on a ship.
- [countable] a device or apparatus designed for some purpose:an oil-drilling rig.
- [countable] a tractor-trailer truck:an eighteen-wheel rig.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rig /rɪɡ/ vb (rigs, rigging, rigged)(transitive)
- to equip (a vessel, mast, etc) with (sails, rigging, etc)
- to set up or prepare ready for use
- to put the components of (an aircraft, etc) into their correct positions
- to manipulate in a fraudulent manner, esp for profit: to rig prices, to rig an election
See also rig out
- the distinctive arrangement of the sails, masts, and other spars of a vessel
- the installation used in drilling for and exploiting natural oil and gas deposits: an oil rig
- apparatus or equipment; gear
- chiefly US Canadian an articulated lorry
, rig upEtymology: 15th Century: from Scandinavian; related to Norwegian rigga to wrap
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