There are 2 definitions of rig in English:

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verb (rigs, rigging, rigged)

  • 1 [with object] Provide (a sailing boat) 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
  • 1.1Assemble and adjust (the equipment of a sailing boat, aircraft, etc.) in readiness 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.
  • 2Set up (equipment or a device or structure), typically in a makeshift or hasty way: he had rigged up a sort of tent [with object and infinitive]: the power plant of the lifeboat had been rigged to explode
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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 hastily, erect hastily, assemble hastily, throw together, cobble together, put together, whip up, improvise, devise, contrive, jury-rig
    British informal knock up

noun

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  • 1The particular way in which a sailing boat’s masts, sails, and rigging are arranged: a ketch 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 windsurfer: the stronger the wind, the later you release the rig
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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.
  • 2A 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, piece of equipment, tool, machine, device, tackle, gear, mechanism, outfit, plant, kit, implement, utensil, instrument, contraption, contrivance, gadget, structure, system
    informal gizmo
  • 2.1An oil rig or drilling rig: the North Sea rigs
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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 short-wave radio) a transmitter and receiver: the CB rig in the car was on channel 20
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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 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.
  • 2.4A particular type of construction for fishing tackle that bears the bait and hook: the set-up with the smaller hook is free of lead and known as a free-line rig
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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.
  • 4chiefly North American & Australian /NZ A truck.
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    • More than 20 states have introduced anti-idling laws that were written primarily to stop truckers from leaving their rigs idling for long periods.
    • Semi tractor-trailer rigs have dryers on the fuel lines to eliminate water and contain large fuel filters.
    • His company runs six tractor-trailer rigs, all five-axle dump trucks.

Phrases

(in) full rig

informal (Wearing) smart 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.

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.

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There are 2 definitions of rig in English:

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verb (rigs, rigging, rigged)

[with object]
  • 1Manage or conduct (something) fraudulently so as to gain an advantage: 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, arrange fraudulently, interfere with, influence, gerrymander, juggle, massage, distort, misrepresent, pervert, manoeuvre, tamper with, tinker with, doctor; falsify, forge, fake, engineer, trump up
    informal fix, cook
    British informal fiddle
  • 1.1Cause an artificial rise or fall in prices in (the stock market) with a view to personal profit: he accused games firms 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.

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  • A trick or swindle.

Origin

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

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