Main definitions of rig in English

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rig1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (a sailing ship or boat) ready for sailing by providing it with sails and rigging.

    ‘the catamaran will be rigged as a ketch’
    as adjective , in combination ‘a gaff-rigged cutter’
    • ‘Trying to lessen the impact, the boat turned south on Sunday rigged in full storm mode - all gear was checked and rechecked and everything made secure.’
    • ‘The six berth trawler was built in 1988 and is steel hulled, shelter decked, is 24 metres in length and is rigged for trawling.’
    • ‘Harrison Spencer, of Gunard, Isle of Wight, has been made an MBE for his services to yacht rigging and sailing at Cowes.’
    • ‘She is rigged for trawling and is ready to join the local fleet working for prawns under the command of skipper Eric Johnston.’
    • ‘At the beach we had to rig one of the rafts so that the youngsters could get in, and then we put Lee in one with them.’
    • ‘The first, and flagship of the fleet, is S / Y Crescent - a ketch rigged mono hulled vessel.’
    • ‘Originally planned as an air ambulance, the Huey was later rigged as a gun ship and a troop carrier.’
    • ‘After a short wait in the LZ for the bridge sections and boats to be rigged, we reviewed the preflight weight and power calculations.’
    • ‘The boat must be fully rigged and, meet safety- and class-requirements.’
    • ‘From gold-laden galleons to a fully rigged tea-clipper, there are wrecks galore in the clear waters around Salcombe.’
    • ‘The trainee programme offers those aged 16 to 25 the opportunity to sail to France on a traditionally rigged sailing ship.’
    • ‘This view gives a good impression of the huge amount of rope needed to rig a sailing ship.’
    • ‘By the beginning of December Challenger was newly rigged, freshly caulked and painted, and fitted with a new deck house for the comfort of the Scientifics.’
    • ‘Mel had pointed the boat into the wind so that Al and Abe could show us how to rig her properly.’
    • ‘Such ships were robustly built with stout planking secured to massive framing timbers, with a single mast possibly rigged with a square sail.’
    • ‘Tarangini is a ‘Barque’, which means she is square rigged on the fore and mainmasts and fore and aft rigged on the mizzenmast.’
    • ‘The Discovery benefits from its romantic association with Captain Robert Falcon Scott and is fully rigged unlike its ugly sister.’
    • ‘The boat had been recently commissioned and placed under Captain Charles Inglis to be rigged.’
    equip, kit out, fit out, fit up, supply, outfit, furnish, accoutre, array, provide, provision, stock, arm
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    1. 1.1 Assemble and adjust (the equipment of a sailboat, aircraft, etc.) to make it ready for operation.
      ‘most sails are kept ready rigged’
      • ‘It may seem odd to see people rigging sails on their ships in space at first but what a glorious backdrop this is.’
      • ‘The topmen were already working to rig the last of the sail and running rigging.’
      • ‘The equipment, about the size of a satellite dish, is rigged to the side of the ship.’
      • ‘Apparently, the machine had been incorrectly rigged and Bob had his hands full in getting the Heinkel back on the ground.’
      • ‘When more medical supplies arrived, LAC Williams and I unloaded the aircraft, re - rigged it for the return journey and carried litter patients to the aircraft.’
      • ‘At first when sails triumphed over oars, a large square sail was rigged on the mainmast while two smaller sails fore and aft gave the ship maneuverability.’
      • ‘Gliders are left rigged ready for re-use in the hangar’
      • ‘When Armand glanced out again early in the morning light he saw an old aluminum fishing skiff with an outboard astern, sporting an orange plastic tarp rigged amidships over the loading boom as a tent.’
      • ‘He told Matthews of his desire to have all available sail rigged and set.’
      • ‘Using powerful floodlights to attract the delicacy known to the Japanese as ika, the boats employ sails which are rigged astern to reduce the ship's roll in the ocean swells.’
      • ‘They started rigging up the aircraft after unloading it from a trailer but the pilot was interrupted twice.’
      • ‘They rigged two mooring legs on the ship's fantail, consisting of anchors, chain and heavy cable attached to two buoys.’
      • ‘He looked up at the starry sky, at the one sail they had rigged, and then at the ship's deck.’
      • ‘I want that schooner mast patched and sail rigged as soon as possible.’
      • ‘Speaking from the yacht yesterday, crewman Christian Hankel said they were moving well, a mast and sail had been rigged and the engine was working.’
      • ‘The flight controls had been carefully rigged to fractions of a degree while the wing slats were removed and then refitted to ensure a perfectly smooth fit.’
    2. 1.2 Set up (equipment or a device or structure), typically hastily or in makeshift fashion.
      ‘he had rigged up a sort of tent’
      ‘the crew began to rig the camera equipment on a platform’
      • ‘Using more pipe fittings, we rigged up a weather vane, and then we were ready to install the dish roof.’
      • ‘Encased for months in plaster body casts, Kahlo began to paint lying in bed with a special easel rigged up by her mother.’
      • ‘Until now, if your boat didn't have hot water the next best solution was to rig up a sun shower or heat up a pot on the stove.’
      • ‘Nasa had provided forceps and astronauts had rigged up a makeshift hacksaw for Robinson to use if the gap-fillers proved difficult to remove.’
      • ‘The protesters rigged up a sound system outside the chief executive's home and blasted out aircraft noise for 15 minutes.’
      • ‘Part of the pub has been sealed off to the form the ‘house’ and cameras have been rigged up, allowing fellow drinkers to monitor the progress of the contestants.’
      • ‘The poverty-stricken young Joe rigged up a make-do punchbag in his rickety garden shed.’
      • ‘Now and again the speeches would be interrupted for volleys of gunfire over the graves and choruses of martial-sounding music from loudspeakers rigged up around the cemetery.’
      • ‘The results began to trickle through on the ship's radio late at night; excitement grew as we strained to hear the results on the loudspeaker, rigged up for us by the Chief Engineer.’
      • ‘Surely he'd seen the commode in the corner of the dining room, because that thing was not completely hidden by the screen they had rigged up, no matter what Dottie said.’
      • ‘Jonah rigged up a narrow plywood sheet with screws threaded in at various points; it's now our camera mount and steadicam in one.’
      • ‘In fact, I heard him only after the dispute began over the private kitchen he had rigged up for himself.’
      • ‘By this point he had won the trust and respect of the subjects of his documentary to such an extent that they also acted as crew members for him, rigging up makeshift lights and constructing dollies that would run on the existing tracks.’
      • ‘Various cars he'd wrecked littered the long drive and when I eventually found him he was riding a donkey over whose head he'd rigged up some wing mirrors.’
      • ‘Liberty's dad had been so tired of yelling all through the house for his children, that he rigged up a telephone system to each room.’
      • ‘Many fans that can't afford a generator have rigged up their televisions to car batteries to beat the blackouts.’
      • ‘He walked to a computer terminal, the display of which was rigged up to project its image onto a large white screen at the front of the briefing room.’
      • ‘The police have rigged up lights to keep watch, ordered taxi drivers not to pick him up, seized his home computer and cut off his telephone.’
      • ‘There is no play tomorrow because the arena is being rigged up for television coverage which starts on Saturday.’
      • ‘The next day a still was rigged, using wood from the wings as fuel.’
      set up hastily, erect hastily, assemble hastily, throw together, cobble together, put together, whip up, improvise, devise, contrive, jury-rig
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    3. 1.3 Provide (someone) with clothes of a particular style or type.
      ‘a cavalry regiment rigged out in green and gold’
      • ‘He said: ‘It is intolerable that girl pupils should go into school rigged out in a dishcloth!’’
      • ‘Do the seven-day trip rigged out in ponchos and fleece chaps just like local cowboys.’
      • ‘At the top end of the glen darts of sunshine poked through the billowing clouds and encouraged us to go for it and, fully rigged up in waterproofs, we were soon splashing our way up into the Lairig Eilde.’
      • ‘Sure it's fun to get rigged up in some flapping strides and dance along to some dire disco every once in a while.’
      • ‘Hosannas to Ridley Scott, who made a star out of Sigourney Weaver by rigging her in a tight jumpsuit and launching her into space.’
      • ‘The man, upon seeing a knight rigged out in full armor sticking a lance in his face, fears for his life.’
      • ‘But I did laugh very merrily when the reception manager made his way around the courtyard diners, rigged up in full Father Christmas gear and gumboots five sizes too big.’
      dress, attire, clothe, robe, garb, array, deck out, drape, accoutre, outfit, costume, get up, turn out, trick out, trick up
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noun

  • 1The particular way in which a sailboat's masts, sails, and rigging are arranged.

    ‘the yacht will emerge from the yard with her original rig’
    • ‘She has 27 sails in a frigate rig on three masts and a bowsprit, with a total surface area of 2,683 square metres.’
    • ‘The rig is fractional and most boats were sold with a mainsail and 120% jib as standard equipment.’
    • ‘The sailing rig is hypothetical and based on Roman practice.’
    • ‘In the late 19th century there were frequent matches as it was a way of testing design and modifying sailing rigs for maximum performance.’
    • ‘The object of their game was to identify the rigs on the sailboats which appeared.’
    • ‘He owned his first yacht when he was twenty four, a sailing dinghy with a rig of his own design, built in water-resistant ply - unusual for those days.’
    • ‘The rig is a simple deck-stepped mast-head sloop with single upper shrouds and spreaders, double lower shrouds and split backstay.’
    • ‘The Finn, Europe and Laser have a single sail, while the 470 class has a two-sail rig.’
    • ‘The radial consists of a 5.76 square metre sail area compared to the regular rig of 7.06.’
    • ‘If you have decided to store your boat ashore during hurricane season, the only safe way to do it is to remove the rig, dig a hole, and set the boat in the hole resting on overlapping tyres.’
    • ‘They range from gaff rigs, Clyde Silver yachts and even a Custom's Pinnace.’
    • ‘For these sailors, catboats offer one of the simplest of all sailing rigs to manage.’
    1. 1.1 The sail, mast, and boom of a sailboard.
      • ‘My 13-year-old son has no problem with balance and control on his windsurfing rig, but I struggle to stay on the board, never mind hauling up the sail, when I usually fall in!’
      • ‘Rent a rig at Windsurfing Hatteras, which also offers kiteboarding lessons.’
      • ‘Mowday, who runs a factory in central Taiwan producing parts for windsurfing rigs and snowboard bindings, became one of the first to pioneer sailing in Penghu when he began windsurfing there six or seven years ago.’
      • ‘Having lost his sail and rig, he was found curled around a buoy clinging to his board by a coastguard rescue helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent.’
      • ‘Windsurfing International was an American company which had a patent for the rig used on a windsurfer.’
  • 2An apparatus, device, or piece of equipment designed for a particular purpose.

    ‘a lighting rig’
    • ‘To supply warships at sea the ship has three main refuelling rigs and a crane rig for smaller vessels, and the vessel also has a large flight deck and hangar facilities for Merlin helicopters.’
    • ‘CMS, based at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Little Germany, provided the ATA Carnet documents for the lighting rigs, sound systems, stage sets and costumes.’
    • ‘Melancholy fills the air as cables and lighting rigs are dismantled.’
    • ‘Costs about a grand, but you can make your guitar sound like literally anything; from basses to the specific rigs of your favourite guitarist; from a keyboard to your own customised wall of squalling white noise and feedback.’
    • ‘Plans for the gallery are to create a new exhibition space behind the main entrance, complete with a lighting rig and new wall.’
    • ‘Next comes the lighting rig: spotlights, blinkers, winkers, everything but lasers, blazing like Luna Park.’
    • ‘Both of these concealment rigs are available for the Colt Single Action and I use both of them frequently.’
    • ‘The second rig is a paternoster which can be used with dead or live baits.’
    • ‘However, the American-style performance will surely work well under the slick lighting and sound rigs of a purpose-built theatre and the high element of audience participation should jolly everyone along.’
    • ‘The rig used by Stephen Hilder was a popular standard design.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, PC gamers were getting their first gander at Doom 3, and collectively wondering just how much they would need to upgrade their rigs in order to be able to run the thing.’
    • ‘It makes it easier for Baker Marine to make these rigs for their clients with our help.’
    • ‘Look a bit further and you will find a whole host of lighting rigs, sound booms, directors, camera men and wardrobe ladies all huddled around a monitor as they watch the latest medical emergency unfold.’
    • ‘If you really want to get crazy, then you can set up two MIDI keyboards and use them in the dual-manual fashion with a foot-pedal rig to play bass, just like the genuine article.’
    • ‘This hard-bitten Philadelphia holster maker operates a classic one-man-shop specializing in extremely well-made and practically designed carry rigs.’
    • ‘Great rigs, especially for gaming, are a synergy between the tower and a host of other peripherals.’
    • ‘Either rig will capture most of the toxic dust sanding generates - but not all of it.’
    • ‘Supporting six platoons - each platoon loaded with 18 sets of diving rigs, dive team members have their work cut out for them.’
    • ‘The theatre's lighting rig and other equipment are included in the sale.’
    • ‘Since these were to be gaming rigs their specification was suitably high.’
    apparatus, appliance, piece of equipment, tool, machine, device, tackle, gear, mechanism, outfit, plant, kit, implement, utensil, instrument, contraption, contrivance, gadget, structure, system
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    1. 2.1 An oil rig or drilling rig.
      • ‘The 324-ft-high rigs tower over the Portland waterfront.’
      • ‘Though they are not ships, oil and gas rigs in the ocean, and transoceanic cables too, are as worthy of naval attack and defense as any ship might be.’
      • ‘Oil prices shot up nearly US $1.50 a barrel yesterday as oil and natural gas producers evacuated rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.’
      • ‘He's part of a team studying whether the growing number of gas rigs is driving the birds away and hastening their decline.’
      • ‘It was established that the East London crew was the closest helicopter team capable of landing on the rig.’
      • ‘Traders were hoping that Wednesday's US petroleum inventories report would suggest how badly the young Atlantic hurricane season had hurt production at offshore rigs.’
      • ‘Salvors plan to install a rig on to the seabed next to the vessel to speed up the clearance process.’
      • ‘US warships escorted Iraqi oil tankers and assisted attacks on Iranian rigs.’
      • ‘But it's interesting to see the number of rigs piling up in the Cromarty Firth.’
      • ‘Huge wages were paid to men on the rigs in those days, and were the envy of us landlubbers.’
      • ‘Lead anodes also have high resistance to corrosion by seawater, making them economical to use in systems for the cathodic protection of ships and offshore rigs.’
      • ‘About 100 workers at five Tarananki onshore oil and gas exploration rigs in New Zealand's central North Island returned to work on November 21.’
      • ‘The development of onshore power generation facilities for rigs is also being pushed forward to free up offshore gas for sale - previously platforms would have used their own supply to power themselves.’
      • ‘Production was cut at its rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and at onshore refineries such as Texas City, which was also the scene of a fatal fire in March.’
      • ‘When he went there, Chesebrough noticed that roughnecks who worked the rigs were maddened by a gelatinous black gunk that clogged up their drills.’
      • ‘Even a relatively small leak in the pipelines that carry oil and gas from offshore rigs to onshore facilities could leave hundreds of miles of coastline on Alaska's North Slope awash in oil.’
      • ‘The rig is on contract from Diamond Offshore Drilling in the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘Work boats will service the rig from the Geraldton Port, while the helicopters will be based at Geraldton Airport.’
      • ‘The US Coast Guard said at least seven rigs are adrift, while eight refineries have shut down.’
      • ‘But there is a bigger threat to their industry that may prove harder to disarm - the risk that fishermen jump ship for high wages on the rigs.’
    2. 2.2 (in CB and shortwave radio) a transmitter and receiver.
      • ‘The only thing not always attached to the rig is the carrier for the portable radio, furnished by Motorola for their radios.’
      • ‘While the others selected their weapons, Williams opened a toolbox full of encrypted Motorola multi-bandwidth radios, with throat-mike rigs.’
      • ‘Typically, a rig consists of a wireless radio transmitter used by the coach, and a wireless transceiver used by the speaker.’
      • ‘Many of us in younger years rebuilt surplus Motorola rigs for ham radio, and knew we could always get replacement parts, no matter how old, from Motorola.’
    3. 2.3 A set of amplifiers and speakers used by a live band or a DJ in a club.
      • ‘If you need an integrated, automatable audio test rig, dScope is something to look at.’
      • ‘I place the rig behind the piano onstage, right next to my splitter box, set the levels at soundcheck and we're good to go.’
      • ‘A unit like the MQ will separate your system from the typical home studio rig.’
      • ‘Guitar is 57 on the left rig, and a 57 and 88 on the right rig.’
      • ‘Whether in a guitar amp or a mic preamp, a high-gain circuit is the perfect rig for noise tests.’
      • ‘Just because you have an 02R or a Pro Tools rig doesn't make you a recording studio!’
      • ‘At the end of the night, I check my tapes and unplug the rig.’
      • ‘Larger consoles, more equipment, a producer's desk for clients, keyboard rigs, and it must handle 5.1.’
    4. 2.4 A particular type of construction for fishing tackle that bears the bait and hook.
      • ‘Adrian then arrived to help me set up the livebait rigs for the cats.’
      • ‘Smaller two-hook rigs baited with fresh shrimp will take all the bottom feeders, which really come out to play as the tide drops off around low and high water.’
      • ‘At the end of the day my philosophy has always been to never take any short cuts with baits or rigs.’
      • ‘Look at the horizon when changing rigs or even baits, this will help’
      • ‘Masking the hook and rig becomes essential to ensure the bait lands safely on the bottom.’
      • ‘Even with very careful baiting, using the very best baits and most effective rigs, these fish are a real devil to catch.’
      • ‘This is really because I tend to use a hair rig or bait band and use hard pellets.’
      • ‘A lot of serious bream and tench anglers use double hook rigs and biggish leads.’
      • ‘As with most heavily fished waters, the Carp in these lakes have seen most types of rigs and bait.’
      • ‘In the third part of this series I am going to look at the rigs and terminal tackle that I use for bait fishing for pike.’
      • ‘It is only then that I cast out my end rig baited with two floating crysalids.’
      • ‘Fishing these rigs and baits is simple, tap the bottom with your sinker, reel up four or five turns and wait for the bite.’
      • ‘The only rig worth considering for both beach and rock fishing is a pulley rig.’
      • ‘Davy baited up the skate rigs with whole mackerel, and we dropped them over the side.’
      • ‘So there we have three basic bait fishing rigs for pike that between them will cover most of our bait fishing situations.’
      • ‘Add a 2oz weight and switch to a one hook rig with the bait clip positioned normally just above the lead.’
      • ‘Tackle, rigs, hook sizes are the same for both species of Smoothound.’
      • ‘I am also going to look in detail at the approach I take to my pike fishing and the tackle and rigs that I use.’
      • ‘As for the bronzies, tackle and tactics could not have been more simple; fish baits, hugely simple rigs, no distance casting and plenty of action.’
      • ‘I had fished this for carp, and caught quite a few tench on boiled baits and carp rigs.’
  • 3A person's costume, outfit, or style of dress.

    ‘the rig of the Army Air Corps’
    • ‘Officers and sailors who normally wear winter rig came to work in jeans, brightly coloured shirts and for some, riding boots.’
    • ‘Westminster was also testing the Navy's new Improved Action Working Dress, a rig which is for use on board while on duty.’
    • ‘The first is black and floral-carved, so the new rig was ordered in a tan basketweave finish, with a belt sans cartridge loops.’
    • ‘When it comes to outfitting ladies with the right rig, sometimes it's not so much the holster as the belt.’
    • ‘A number of them also enjoyed a soak in an onsen - a natural hot spring - where tradition dictates that birthday suit is the required rig.’
    • ‘One of my escorts relieved me of my revolver and thrust it into the belt of his field rig, then the soldiers urged me with their rifles towards the door.’
    • ‘Women who come to your store looking for cowboy rigs want quality products that accurately reflect the glory days of the cowboy.’
    • ‘After the briefing, the pilots suit up in their combat survival vests and helmets, a rig carefully prepared and inspected by the life-support crew.’
    uniform, costume, ensemble, outfit, suit, livery, attire, clothes, clothing, garments, dress, garb, regimentals, accoutrements, regalia, finery, trappings, disguise
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  • 4Australian NZ North American A tractor-trailer.

    • ‘The rig careened by nipping the pickup flat against its bed.’
    • ‘He covered the area from Bellevue to Snoqualmie Pass and spent many cold winter days and nights rescuing stalled vehicles and broken-down big rigs from the mountains.’
    • ‘A larger, newer tractor-trailer rig will run close to half a million dollars.’
    • ‘More than 20 states have introduced anti-idling laws that were written primarily to stop truckers from leaving their rigs idling for long periods.’
    • ‘Eastwood stages a great car chase between himself and a big rig carrying expensive automobiles.’
    • ‘Previously, the Teamsters operated the warehouses and drove to the stores, but did not pull the rigs into the loading docks.’
    • ‘Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were a treat for many as the petrol trucks, big rigs and high-powered tractors all had to use the by-pass N17 for the duration.’
    • ‘The cab is descended from the rickshaw and the carriage, whereas the rig is descended from the locomotive, the wagon, and the steamship.’
    • ‘The use of a passageway by noisy delivery trucks would be hard to hide. The use of a lane for passage by tractor-trailer rigs with motors roaring and air brakes hissing would be difficult to disguise.’
    • ‘His company runs six tractor-trailer rigs, all five-axle dump trucks.’
    • ‘Semi tractor-trailer rigs have dryers on the fuel lines to eliminate water and contain large fuel filters.’
    • ‘I have to use the roads too and don't want this guy driving a big rig or a school bus.’
    • ‘A man in a semi-truck pulled his big rig to the side of the road, and asked us where we were headed.’
    • ‘State troopers say at least three tractor trailer rigs were among the 25 vehicles in that collision, and that three minor injuries were reported.’
    • ‘We have cars, trucks, dune buggies, motorcycles, rigs and tanks.’
    • ‘On one side of the road was a face of granite, on the other was a 1,000-foot cliff, and a fully-loaded tractor-trailer rig was steaming up toward them in the oncoming lane.’
    • ‘Night missions also minimize the potential of heat casualties - the tractor-trailer rigs are not air conditioned and the Soldiers in the gun trucks are in open sun.’
    • ‘He was scolded, ended up in the cab of a big rig with this man he slightly knew, under a clear sky on the straight desert interstate.’
    • ‘He is a licensed pilot and often travels the state in his plane; he also holds a commercial drivers' license, enabling him to drive buses and big rigs.’
    • ‘Several managers at grocery and drug stores say they are content to let Pepsi representatives back their rigs up to the loading dock, haul in the cases and put them on the shelves.’
    • ‘We passed by a tractor trailer rig that had been blown over in the wind.’
    • ‘Four moving vans, two rigs, a dump trailer, and a front loader, which the seller owns, are included in the price.’
    • ‘The next time you see a big rig hauling the Marine Corps message, give honk to show our appreciation.’
    • ‘You can haul a mini-excavator or track loader almost anywhere on a small trailer pulled by a good pickup truck, saving the cost of a tractor rig and a commercial driver's license.’
    • ‘Firstly, Ritchie testified that although he had been driving trucks for all of his working life, he first became involved in driving large tractor-trailer rigs when he started with Marcus.’
    1. 4.1US Another type of vehicle, such as a horse-drawn carriage.
      • ‘This truck is the smaller of the team's rigs - the one that it uses for most of its travel outside of Spain, save for the Tour de France, where it also uses its bigger Spain-based truck.’
      • ‘The driver of the No.5 Lowe's Racing rig is Dave Radney, and he takes good care of the crew.’
      • ‘Since then that humble, hardy workhorse has gone on to evolve into everything from plush passenger vehicles to muscular military rigs like the Hum Vee.’
      • ‘Gathering their favorite dual suspension rigs, Kabush and Toulouse held later starting times by virtue of their high rankings on overall classification.’
      • ‘He's on a silver mountain bike, one of those cheap, full-suspension rigs you see in department stores.’
      • ‘Instead, having traded his big rig for a little rig, Meade now drives a pickup truck and spends his days running errands around town.’
      • ‘Gravity riders Jared Rando, Tara Llanes and Dustin Adams will captain DH Team rigs in downhill events, and riding Giant AC's in mountain cross events.’
      • ‘Should make for a most excellent ride on Saturday when hoards of local single speeders gather to test their skills piloting their rigs in the white stuff.’
      • ‘The ‘Stab Garbonzo’ is a full-suspension rig designed to take the abuse of temporary riders on 2,165 feet of vertical drop.’

Phrases

  • (in) full rig

    • informal (wearing) fancy or ceremonial clothes.

      • ‘‘When I saw the Mexican army up on the hill there and there I was in my full rig - with my flintlock rifle - it got kind of spooky,’ he added.’
      • ‘Trevor ap Patnarthur observed by email that ‘most Brits who went to downtown schools will be aware that a Surd is in fact a Sikh who wears the full rig.’’

Origin

Late 15th century (in nautical use): perhaps of Scandinavian origin: compare with Norwegian rigga ‘bind or wrap up’. The noun dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation

rig

/rɪɡ//riɡ/

Main definitions of rig in English

: rig1rig2

rig2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Manage or conduct (something) fraudulently so as to produce a result or situation that is advantageous to a particular person.

    ‘the results of the elections had been rigged’
    as noun , in combination ‘charges of vote-rigging’
    • ‘In villages where the population density is relatively low, he hopes observers would also manage to check whether voters' lists are rigged.’
    • ‘America has a long history of vote tampering and rigged elections in many local jurisdictions.’
    • ‘Thousands of protesters rallied today, north of Baghdad, in the Sunni city of Samarra, charging the vote was rigged and demanding new elections.’
    • ‘Yet prosecutors accuse the jailed tycoon of rigging an auction to gain control of Apatit a decade ago and then failing to pay the bid of US $283 million.’
    • ‘Spitzer recently investigated bid rigging in the insurance field.’
    • ‘He insisted that the parliamentary poll was free from political interference, but promised to investigate allegations of vote rigging.’
    • ‘Fiddling became fraud when enrolments were rigged.’
    • ‘The MDC, along with Britain, the European Union and the US, has refused to accept the results, saying voting was rigged and influenced by violence and intimidation.’
    • ‘The elections were so clearly rigged that six of the main opposition parties made a joint declaration on election day denouncing electoral fraud and withdrawing their candidates.’
    • ‘Once you have the positional advantage you have rigged the race so you can't lose.’
    • ‘These individuals are thought of as having rigged the system to gain control of the country's petroleum wealth.’
    • ‘Voting - notoriously viewed as being regularly rigged in Europe - will be in the hands of viewers.’
    • ‘West Yorkshire police said further arrests were expected as part of an ongoing investigation into ballot rigging in the Bradford area.’
    • ‘It had started out pretty innocently; a trick glass here, a rigged deck of cards there.’
    • ‘He could be installed again, or his thugs may rig some things in his favor, but that's all different.’
    • ‘What Davis described in his speech, a nationwide drive to overturn elections and rig the political system, is a deadly serious matter.’
    • ‘They're also alleging that she rigged last year's election.’
    • ‘They claim that the poll was rigged, distorted, or a flat out lie.’
    • ‘The result was forged turnout figures and rigged elections.’
    • ‘We must rescue the political institutions of all nations from the corruption of corporate power, which rigs elections, distorts fair trade within and between nations, and puts profits before humanity.’
    manipulate, arrange fraudulently, interfere with, influence, gerrymander, juggle, massage, distort, misrepresent, pervert, manoeuvre, tamper with, tinker with, doctor
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    1. 1.1 Cause an artificial rise or fall in prices in (a market, especially the stock market) with a view to personal profit.
      ‘he accused games manufacturers of rigging the market’
      • ‘The government alleges that they got together and rigged commodity markets of their own volition.’
      • ‘According to John Lewis, which had the backing of Comet and Tempo in its criticisms, the deals were an attempt to rig the home PC market and could result in price hikes for British shoppers.’
      • ‘The most serious forms of cartel identified by the authority were price-fixing, bid rigging and market sharing by competitors.’
      • ‘Some markets are more obviously rigged than others.’
      • ‘So much so that the market, when not rigged by the banks or the government, would make the spread practically zero.’
      • ‘Not the global free market, but a rigged version, which favours the already rich and powerful, and is policed by their institutions, on their terms.’
      • ‘This paper shows how Pentagon and other U.S. government contractors are rigging stock markets world wide through massive, coordinated, selective investments.’
      • ‘In a world such as this, it would be all so evident, the extent to which markets have been surreptitiously rigged already.’
      • ‘That means the U.S. can simply ignore Chinese data on costs on the assumption they are distorted by subsidized loans, rigged markets, and the controlled yuan.’
      • ‘But is this crisis due to rigged markets for medical insurance as well?’
      • ‘From experience, the rest of us are more likely to conclude that markets are very likely to be rigged or gamed, and prone to collapse.’
      • ‘Other agents say their own negotiating strategies were a pragmatic response to a market they perceive as rigged.’
      • ‘Experts argue that share prices were effectively artificially rigged, which is why there has been no recovery.’
      • ‘Classic market rules, supply and demand considerations don't work in textbook fashion in a rigged market that is routinely manipulated by global central banks.’
      • ‘U.S. stock markets are also capable of being systematically rigged, and for the same reason - a handful of players can dominate if they coordinate their actions.’
      • ‘This means that renewable energy producers are being asked to compete in a rigged market.’
      • ‘King refers to his associate John Crudele's writing on the subject of how the stock market was to be rigged.’
      • ‘In early June, the Feds indicted him for allegedly designing the schemes that rigged the California power market.’
      • ‘At no point, until two Senators called their bluff on Monday, did the bright sparks at The Economist magazine or DARPA acknowledge that such a market could be rigged.’

noun

archaic
  • A trick or way of swindling someone.

Origin

Late 18th century (in the noun sense): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

rig

/rɪɡ//riɡ/