American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To provide with a harness or equipment; fit out.
- v. Nautical To equip (a ship) with sails, shrouds, and yards.
- v. Nautical To fit (sails or shrouds, for example) to masts and yards.
- v. Informal To dress, clothe, or adorn: The costumer rigged out the actors in peasant clothing.
- v. To make or construct in haste or in a makeshift manner: rig up a tent for the night.
- v. To manipulate dishonestly for personal gain: rig a prizefight; rig stock prices.
- n. Nautical The arrangement of masts, spars, and sails on a sailing vessel.
- n. Special equipment or gear used for a particular purpose.
- n. A truck or tractor.
- n. A tractor-trailer.
- n. A vehicle with one or more horses harnessed to it.
- n. The special apparatus used for drilling oil wells.
- n. Western U.S. See saddle.
- n. Informal A costume or an outfit: wore an outlandish rig to the office.
- n. Fishing tackle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of ridge.
- To fit (a ship) with the necessary tackle; fit, as the shrouds, stays, braces, etc., to their respective masts and yards.
- To dress; fit out or decorate with clothes or personal adornments: often with out or up.
- To fit out; furnish; equip; put in condition for use: often followed by out or up.
- To make or use a rig, as in angling: as, to rig light (that is, to use a light fishing-tackle).
- n. Nautical, the characteristic manner of fitting the masts and rigging to the hull of any vessel: thus, schooner-rig, ship-rig, etc., have reference to the masts and sails of those vessels, without regard to the hull.
- n. Costume; dress, especially of a gay or fanciful description.
- n. An equipage or turnout; a vehicle with a horse or horses, as for driving.
- n. Fishing-tackle collectively; an angler's cast. [Colloq.]
- To romp; play the wanton.
- To make free with.
- n. A romp; a wanton; a strumpet.
- n. A frolic: a trick.
- n. Same as ridgel.
- n. The apparatus in a cultivator which carries the shovels; a cultivator gang.
- n. slang, nautical The rigging of a sailing ship or other such craft.
- n. Special equipment or gear used for a particular purpose.
- n. US A large truck such as a semi-tractor.
- n. The special apparatus used for drilling wells.
- n. informal A costume or an outfit.
- n. slang, computing Computer case, often modified for looks.
- n. An imperfectly castrated horse, sheep etc.
- n. slang Radio equipment, especially a citizen's band transceiver.
- v. transitive To fit out with a harness or other equipment.
- v. transitive (nautical) To equip and fit a ship with sails, shrouds, and yards.
- v. transitive (informal) To dress or clothe in some costume.
- v. transitive To make or construct something in haste or in a makeshift manner.
- v. transitive To manipulate something dishonestly for personal gain or discriminatory purposes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. or Scott. A ridge.
- v. To furnish with apparatus or gear; to fit with tackling.
- v. To dress; to equip; to clothe, especially in an odd or fanciful manner; -- commonly followed by
- n. (Naut.) The peculiar fitting in shape, number, and arrangement of sails and masts, by which different types of vessels are distinguished; See
- n. colloq. Dress; esp., odd or fanciful clothing.
- n. obsolete A romp; a wanton; one given to unbecoming conduct.
- n. A sportive or unbecoming trick; a frolic.
- n. Prov. Eng. A blast of wind.
- v. To play the wanton; to act in an unbecoming manner; to play tricks.
- v. Obs. or Prov. To make free with; hence, to steal; to pilfer.
- n. gear used in fishing
- n. a set of clothing (with accessories)
- v. connect or secure to
- v. arrange the outcome of by means of deceit
- n. gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise
- n. a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
- n. formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel
- v. equip with sails or masts
- n. the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
- n. a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together
- v. manipulate in a fraudulent manner
- Probably of Scandinavian origin. Compare Norwegian rigge ("to equip"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English riggen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian rigga, to bind. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But our other rig is a Freightliner M2 Sportchassis, so it's the Jeep or nothing.”
“History lesson for the day, a Brass Monkey is what they called the rig that held the cannon balls (near a cannon to be loaded) on sailing ships.”
“After seeing the eruption of the heavy drilling fluid, he called the rig to ask what was going on, and was told "they were having trouble with the well.”
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“On Friday afternoon, Boop estimated that his rig, which is about half the size of a football field, had only 24 hours of work left and then would have to sit idle because of delays in permits and confusion about new safety regulations.”
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