Etymology
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rigging (n.)

c. 1400, "action of fitting (a ship) with ropes, etc.; 1590s as "the ropes that work the sails of a ship;" probably a verbal noun from rig (v.). Compare Middle Dutch rigen, Italian rigano (13c.).

updated on August 19, 2021

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Definitions of rigging from WordNet

rigging (n.)
gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails;
Synonyms: tackle
rigging (n.)
formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel;
Synonyms: rig
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