Definition of rigging in English:


Line breaks: rig|ging
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪgɪŋ


[mass noun]
  • 1The system of ropes or chains employed to support a ship’s masts ( standing rigging) and to control or set the yards and sails ( running rigging): I’m listening to the wind in the rigging
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    • 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.
    • We descended through the intact rigging on the main mast until we hit the main deck at about 25m.
  • 2The ropes and wires supporting the structure of an airship, biplane, hang-glider, or parachute.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 2.1The system of cables and fittings controlling the flight surfaces and engines of an aircraft.
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    • 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.
    • The ground crew would stay beneath the aircraft at this time, ensuring the rigging didn't get tangled.
    • 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.

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