Definition of rigging in US English:



  • 1The system of ropes, cables, or chains employed to support a ship's masts (standing rigging) and to control or set the yards and sails (running rigging).

    • ‘Most spectacular were the bone models of men-at-war ships whose rigging was made of human hair and sails of paper.’
    • ‘As we waited in the queue on the wharf, my first impression was of the tremendous amount of rope involved in supporting the rigging and in controlling the set of the sails.’
    • ‘Before the battle was over the Téméraire was virtually impossible to sail, her masts and rigging having been all but wrecked, but she still managed to keep firing on the enemy.’
    • ‘Learning the ropes is a naval metaphor; it's about rigging and sails and mooring.’
    • ‘We descended through the intact rigging on the main mast until we hit the main deck at about 25m.’
    • ‘Thomas was showing her how to mend sails and splice rigging.’
    • ‘For less than $100 you can buy a circular aluminum antenna that can be hoisted in the rigging when needed, provided you have rigging.’
    • ‘When the men climb the rigging, it will be you I see.’
    • ‘The Sparlin, crewed by two Spaniards, was found to have damaged rigging and was using foresail and engine.’
    • ‘It was launched without mast and rigging from Eskside Wharf after a friend of the Jenkinsons, Susan Crookes, smashed a bottle of champagne across the bow at her fifth attempt.’
    • ‘Fairbanks predates Jackie Chan in his insistence on performing dangerous stunts himself, seen here as he fearlessly bounds up and down the ship's rigging.’
    • ‘Without it, one is but a ship at sea with no sails or rigging.’
    • ‘He was not only an outstanding helmsman, but also a designer, boat builder, sail maker and rigging specialist par excellence.’
    • ‘The two characters run around trying to secure the rigging of the ship in the storm.’
    • ‘The painterly quality of this popular art was often limited, but the artists were expected to understand the complexities of sails and rigging, and to depict it accurately.’
    • ‘Both the ships and crews were camouflaged, the ships and their rigging being painted sea green; the crews wearing similarly coloured uniforms.’
    • ‘He said he hoped to return in June when the longboat will have been fitted out with sails and rigging.’
    • ‘In its rigging, sails, banners, planks, and deeply curved outline, the ship most resembles a seagoing Chinese junk, with the addition of paddle wheel and funnel.’
    • ‘The wind tears at my jacket and sings in the rigging of the tall ship.’
    • ‘The term ‘splice the mainbrace’ originates from the reward given in the days of sail to men who carried out the task of repairing the main brace rope - one of the most important elements of a ship's rigging.’
    1. 1.1 The action of providing a sailing ship with rigging.
  • 2The ropes and wires supporting the structure of an airship, biplane, hang glider, or parachute.

    • ‘His feet became entangled in the parachute's rigging lines and he began spiralling downward, head first.’
    • ‘Ed chopped off a section of the keel from my Airwave K4 just behind the rear rigging wires to allow room for the prop.’
    • ‘The crew held on to the rigging lines of his parachute as he crawled along the wing towards the fire, making holes in the wing with his hands and feet.’
    1. 2.1 The system of cables and fittings controlling the flight surfaces and engines of an aircraft.
      • ‘Upon landing, the rigging was checked but nothing was found.’
      • ‘The ground crew would stay beneath the aircraft at this time, ensuring the rigging didn't get tangled.’
      • ‘Bill Waldock, a professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, said the rigging problem alone should not have caused the plane to crash.’
      • ‘The Safety Board concluded that the incorrect rigging wasn't a significant factor on the preceding flights because weight and balance on those flights were well within limits.’
      • ‘Early in the FCF profile, he configured the aircraft to Gust Up (flaps and ailerons shifted up) for a high-speed trim and rigging check.’
      • ‘The racer was originally built with two parallel interplane wing struts and these were replaced with single rigid I struts but even these did not solve the rigging problems.’
    2. 2.2 The action of assembling and adjusting the rigging of an airship, hang-glider, etc.
      • ‘A few minor problems were encountered with one R - 2600 and some rigging issues had to be corrected, otherwise it was a text book perfect flight.’
      • ‘It has a large grassy rigging and take off area suitable for scores of gliders.’