WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
rig /rɪg/USA pronunciation
v., rigged, rig•ging, n. v. [~ + object]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Naval Termsto 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.
- Nautical, Naval Terms[countable] the arrangement of the masts, sails, etc., on a ship.
- a device or apparatus designed for some purpose:[countable]an oil-drilling rig.
- Transport a tractor-trailer truck:[countable]an eighteen-wheel rig.
v., rigged, rig•ging, n. v.t.
- [Chiefly Naut.]
- Naval Termsto put in proper order for working or use.
- Naval Termsto fit (a ship, mast, etc.) with the necessary shrouds, stays, etc.
- Naval Termsto fit (shrouds, stays, sails, etc.) to the mast, yard, or the like.
- to furnish or provide with equipment, clothing, etc.;
fit (usually fol. by out or up).
- to assemble, install, or prepare (often fol. by up).
- to manipulate fraudulently:to rig prices.
- Nautical, Naval Termsrig down, to place in an inactive state, stowing all lines, tackles, and other removable parts.
- rig up, to equip or set up for use.
- Nautical, Naval Termsthe arrangement of the masts, spars, sails, etc., on a boat or ship.
- apparatus for some purpose;
gear:a hi-fi rig; Bring your rod and reel and all the rest of your fishing rig.
- Also called drill rig. the equipment used in drilling an oil well.
- Transportany combination trucking unit in which vehicles are hooked together, as a tractor-trailer.
- Transportany kind of truck.
- Transporta carriage, buckboard, sulky, or wagon together with the horse or horses that draw it.
- Informal Termscostume or dress, esp. when odd or conspicuous, or when designated for a particular purpose:He looks quite nifty in a butler's rig.
- Scandinavian; compare Norwegian, Swedish rigg (noun, nominal), rigga (verb, verbal)
- 1480–90; 1930–35 for def. 4; probably
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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