WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.
  1. to furnish with equipment:The truck was rigged with a roof rack.
  2. to assemble, install, or prepare: [~ ( + up) + object]The campers rigged (up) a shelter from tree branches.[+ object ( + up)]rigged a shelter (up) from branches.
  3. to arrange in a dishonest way; fix:to rig prices.

  1. Nautical, Naval Terms[countable] the arrangement of the masts, sails, etc., on a ship.
  2. a device or apparatus designed for some purpose[countable]an oil-drilling rig.
  3. Transport a tractor-trailer truck[countable]an eighteen-wheel rig.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
rig  (rig), 
v., rigged, rig•ging, n. 
    [Chiefly Naut.]
      • to put in proper order for working or use.
      • to fit (a ship, mast, etc.) with the necessary shrouds, stays, etc.
      • to fit (shrouds, stays, sails, etc.) to the mast, yard, or the like.
  1. to furnish or provide with equipment, clothing, etc.;
    fit (usually fol. by out or up).
  2. to assemble, install, or prepare (often fol. by up).
  3. to manipulate fraudulently:to rig prices.
  4. Nautical, Naval Termsrig down, [Naut.]to place in an inactive state, stowing all lines, tackles, and other removable parts.
  5. rig up, to equip or set up for use.

  1. Nautical, Naval Termsthe arrangement of the masts, spars, sails, etc., on a boat or ship.
  2. apparatus for some purpose; equipment;
    gear:a hi-fi rig;
    Bring your rod and reel and all the rest of your fishing rig.
  3. Also called drill rig. the equipment used in drilling an oil well.
  4. Transportany combination trucking unit in which vehicles are hooked together, as a tractor-trailer.
  5. Transportany kind of truck.
  6. Transporta carriage, buckboard, sulky, or wagon together with the horse or horses that draw it.
  7. Informal Terms[Informal.]costume or dress, esp. when odd or conspicuous, or when designated for a particular purpose:He looks quite nifty in a butler's rig.
1930–35 for def. 4;
probably Scandinavian;
compare Norwegian, Swedish rigg (noun, nominal), rigga (verb, verbal)

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rig /rɪɡ/ vb (rigs, rigging, rigged)(transitive)
  1. to equip (a vessel, mast, etc) with (sails, rigging, etc)
  2. to set up or prepare ready for use
  3. to put the components of (an aircraft, etc) into their correct positions
  4. to manipulate in a fraudulent manner, esp for profit: to rig prices, to rig an election
  1. the distinctive arrangement of the sails, masts, and other spars of a vessel
  2. the installation used in drilling for and exploiting natural oil and gas deposits: an oil rig
  3. apparatus or equipment; gear
  4. chiefly US Canadian an articulated lorry

See also rig out, rig upEtymology: 15th Century: from Scandinavian; related to Norwegian rigga to wrap

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