from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that rigs: oil and gas riggers.
  • n. Nautical A ship with a specific kind of rigging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who rigs or dresses; one whose occupation is to fit the rigging of a ship.
  • n. A part of a rowing boat's equipment used to provide leverage for a rowing blade or oar around a fixed fulcrum.
  • n. A cylindrical pulley or drum in machinery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who rigs or dresses; one whose occupation is to fit the rigging of a ship.
  • n. A cylindrical pulley or drum in machinery.
  • n. A long slender, and pointed sable brush for making fine lines, etc.; -- said to be so called from its use by marine painters for drawing the lines of the rigging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who rigs; specifically, one whose occupation is the fitting of the rigging of ships.
  • n. In machinery: A band-wheel having a slightly curved rim.
  • n. A fast-and-loose pulley.
  • n. A long-pointed sable brush used for painting, etc.

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

  • n. someone who works on an oil rig
  • n. a long slender pointed sable brush used by artists
  • n. someone who rigs ships
  • n. a sailing vessel with a specified rig


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

rig +‎ -er


  • When one delinquent was identified as a rigger of sails, a curious collection agent searched his name and the term online and found a discussion board used by local riggers.

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  • A rigger is a guy who crawls up the beams to the stress points of the building and connects the cables to hang our sound system and lights over the stage.


  • The out-rigger, which is always kept to windward, acting by its weight at the end of so long a lever, prevents the vessel from turning over by the pressure of the sail; or, should the wind shift suddenly, so as to bring the sail aback, the buoyancy of the floating log would prevent the canoe from upsetting on that side by retaining the out-rigger horizontal.

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  • The other kind of rigger will often use the wire in such a way as to allow the turnbuckle, to the "eyes" of which the wires are attached, to unscrew a quarter of a turn or more, with the result that the correct adjustment of the wires may be lost; and upon their fine adjustment much depends.

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  • Moving from Beaufort, South Carolina, to Charleston in '51, he was employed as "rigger," thereby getting a knowledge of ships and the life of sailors.

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  • In 1851 he moved to Charleston, where he worked as a "rigger" and thus became familiar with ships and the life of a sailor by actual experience.

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  • Following his recovery Paul was posted to the Joint Services Parachute Centre to train as a "rigger", maintaining and packing parachutes. - News

  • Eugene said to me, “Know what they call a black rigger?”

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  • He became a skilled rigger of parachutes and started a parachute-supply store in Eloy,

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  • I was fishing for trout in chazy lake ny last april and saw something floating ahead of my down rigger.

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