There are 2 definitions of rig in English:

rig1

Syllabification: rig
Pronunciation: /riɡ
 
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verb (rigs, rigging, rigged)

[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]: (-rigged) a gaff-rigged cutter
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  • 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.
  • Harrison Spencer, of Gunard, Isle of Wight, has been made an MBE for his services to yacht rigging and sailing at Cowes.
Synonyms
equip, fit out, supply, furnish, provide, arm
1.1Assemble and adjust (the equipment of a sailboat, aircraft, etc.) to make it ready for operation: most sails are kept ready rigged
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  • 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.
  • They started rigging up the aircraft after unloading it from a trailer but the pilot was interrupted twice.
  • 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.
1.2Set 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
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  • Nasa had provided forceps and astronauts had rigged up a makeshift hacksaw for Robinson to use if the gap-fillers proved difficult to remove.
  • 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.
Synonyms
set up, erect, assemble, build; throw together, cobble together, put together, whip up, improvise, contrive
1.3Provide (someone) with clothes of a particular style or type: a cavalry regiment rigged out in green and gold
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  • Hosannas to Ridley Scott, who made a star out of Sigourney Weaver by rigging her in a tight jumpsuit and launching her into space.
  • Do the seven-day trip rigged out in ponchos and fleece chaps just like local cowboys.
  • The man, upon seeing a knight rigged out in full armor sticking a lance in his face, fears for his life.
Synonyms
dress, clothe, attire, robe, garb, array, deck out, drape, accoutre, outfit, get up, trick out/up
informal doll up
archaic apparel

noun

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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
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  • She has 27 sails in a frigate rig on three masts and a bowsprit, with a total surface area of 2,683 square metres.
  • For these sailors, catboats offer one of the simplest of all sailing rigs to manage.
  • The rig is a simple deck-stepped mast-head sloop with single upper shrouds and spreaders, double lower shrouds and split backstay.
1.1The sail, mast, and boom of a sailboard.
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  • Windsurfing International was an American company which had a patent for the rig used on a windsurfer.
  • 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.
2An apparatus, device, or piece of equipment designed for a particular purpose: a lighting rig
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  • 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 theatre's lighting rig and other equipment are included in the sale.
  • 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.
Synonyms
apparatus, appliance, machine, device, instrument, contraption, system; tackle, gear, kit, outfit
2.1An oil rig or drilling rig.
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  • Oil prices shot up nearly US $1.50 a barrel yesterday as oil and natural gas producers evacuated rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 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.
  • When he went there, Chesebrough noticed that roughnecks who worked the rigs were maddened by a gelatinous black gunk that clogged up their drills.
2.2(In CB and shortwave radio) a transmitter and receiver.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
2.3A particular type of construction for fishing tackle that bears the bait and hook.
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  • Tackle, rigs, hook sizes are the same for both species of Smoothound.
  • Add a 2oz weight and switch to a one hook rig with the bait clip positioned normally just above the lead.
  • Even with very careful baiting, using the very best baits and most effective rigs, these fish are a real devil to catch.
2.4A set of amplifiers and speakers used by a live band or a DJ in a club.
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  • A unit like the MQ will separate your system from the typical home studio rig.
  • Whether in a guitar amp or a mic preamp, a high-gain circuit is the perfect rig for noise tests.
  • At the end of the night, I check my tapes and unplug the rig.
3A person’s costume, outfit, or style of dress: the rig of the Army Air Corps
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  • 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.
  • Westminster was also testing the Navy's new Improved Action Working Dress, a rig which is for use on board while on duty.
  • 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.
Synonyms
uniform, costume, ensemble, outfit, livery, attire, clothes, clothing, garments, dress, garb, regalia, trappings
informal getup, gear, togs, kit
formal apparel
archaic raiment, vestments
4chiefly North American & Australian/New Zealand A tractor-trailer.
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  • 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.
  • A larger, newer tractor-trailer rig will run close to half a million dollars.
  • We passed by a tractor trailer rig that had been blown over in the wind.
4.1Another type of vehicle, such as a horse-drawn carriage.
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  • 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.
  • He's on a silver mountain bike, one of those cheap, full-suspension rigs you see in department stores.
  • 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.

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.

Phrases

(in) full rig

informal (Wearing) fancy or ceremonial clothes.
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  • 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.’
  • ‘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.

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There are 2 definitions of rig in English:

rig2

Syllabification: rig
Pronunciation: /riɡ
 
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verb (rigs, rigging, rigged)

[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]: (-rigging) charges of vote-rigging
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  • Once you have the positional advantage you have rigged the race so you can't lose.
  • 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.
  • America has a long history of vote tampering and rigged elections in many local jurisdictions.
Synonyms
manipulate, engineer, distort, misrepresent, pervert, tamper with, doctor; falsify, fake, trump up
informal fix, fiddle with
1.1Cause 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
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  • King refers to his associate John Crudele's writing on the subject of how the stock market was to be rigged.
  • This paper shows how Pentagon and other U.S. government contractors are rigging stock markets world wide through massive, coordinated, selective investments.
  • 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.

noun

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A trick or way of swindling someone.

Origin

late 18th century (in the noun sense): of unknown origin; the verb is related to the noun.

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