from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Nautical The system of ropes, chains, and tackle used to support and control the masts, sails, and yards of a sailing vessel.
  • noun The supporting material for construction work.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A ridge, as of a house; also, a roof.
  • noun The ropes, chains, etc., which are employed to support and work all masts, yards, sails, etc., in a ship; tackle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun (Naut.) all those ropes used in bracing the yards, making and shortening sail, etc., such as braces, sheets, halyards, clew lines, and the like.
  • noun (Naut.) the shrouds and stays.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical The system of ropes, chains, and tackle used to support and control the masts, sails, and yards of a ship
  • noun Similar supporting material for construction work
  • verb Present participle of rig.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel
  • noun gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails


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