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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an oil rig (=structure on land or in the sea with equipment for getting oil out of the ground)
▪ an oil rig in the North Sea
ballot rigging
lighting rig
oil rig
rig an election (=dishonestly arrange the result)
▪ He accused the ruling party of rigging the elections.
▪ And see if you can rig up something forward-firing.
▪ He has also rigged up a special bookshelf a table turned upside down-for his top-bunk bed where he keeps his current books.
▪ He's rigged up speakers in the steeple To fool dim-witted country people.
▪ Likes to rig up the cards.
▪ I've been rigging up a crush.
▪ So officials rigged up a team of oxen to drag it back to the bridge site, where it was then reinstalled.
▪ Try to rig up a line through there and down the side of the pod.
▪ Dorcas organized younger nomes to digging drainage trenches and rigged up a few of the big light bulbs for heat.
▪ Was the reputed bid rigging really a favor done in return for the write-off?
▪ Robert Guei, who had proclaimed himself president in a rigged election.
▪ There was no rigging of the election and no attempt by the hard-liners to reverse the results after the vote.
▪ Everything is now in place for a rigged election that seems likely to usher in a military dictatorship.
▪ He will not need to rig the election, or buy voters, let alone do anything worthy.
▪ Mr Museveni did not need to rig the election.
▪ a fully-rigged vessel
▪ Lou had a buzzer rigged up beside his bed so he could call his wife.
▪ Many Labour Party members believed that the ballot to elect a mayoral candidate was rigged.
▪ Many of the game shows of the 1950s turned out to be rigged.
▪ The senator resigned after accusations that the vote had been rigged.
▪ They would never have got into power if the whole thing hadn't been rigged.
▪ All major opposition parties boycotted local elections in November 1990 because they believed that the results would be rigged.
▪ And see if you can rig up something forward-firing.
▪ Attached to the sack was a length of pennant rigging, which he left adrift within reach of the opening chute.
▪ Exasperated, Emma went herself one evening to the spot where Collymore rigged his scales on the limb of a sea grape.
▪ From what she could see, he was showing the children how to rig the boats.
▪ The sail should be rigged with the minimum amount of mast showing at deck level.
▪ While Anderson talks, a woman raps on the window of the big rig.
▪ Workers in surgical masks are running a hydraulic compressor and tractor-trailer drivers are warming up their big rigs.
▪ This is often enough to stabilise a big float rig.
▪ Fenton moved his big prison rig closer too, in anticipation of a fresh intake of captives.
▪ Francis McFarlane, 44, has not worked since he witnessed the oil rig blaze which killed 164 workers in July 1988.
▪ Joseph Oncale charges that his male supervisors and a male co-worker harassed him while he was working at a Louisiana oil rig.
▪ It is rumoured that an oil rig is to be set up on the local water meadows.
▪ Passing an oil rig and numerous naval vessels, we moored alongside a jetty on the estuary leading up to the town.
▪ Some guides use their climbing and rope skills to work on oil rigs or construction sites.
▪ Balder is a semi-submersible crane barge designed for work in constructing oil rig platforms.
▪ The day was faintly foggy; lights were on on the tall hazy meccano sculptures of oil rigs moored in the Firth.
▪ Industry representatives said the number of drilling rigs has doubled in a year to more than 900 because of the higher prices.
▪ Other pieces were slid under a computerized drilling rig, to have boltholes drilled according to the shop drawing.
▪ Niugini Mining said a second drilling rig is being mobilized and further drilling will take place following the completion of geophysical surveys.
▪ On the far southern plains, the oil towns of Plainview and Midland and Odessa rise like off-shore drilling rigs.
▪ The steady hum of the drilling rigs and the rough growls of heavy machinery moving on the road smear the coastal quiet.
▪ an offshore oil rig
▪ A fractional rig is set on a Proctor spar with swept-back spreaders.
▪ A market downturn in rig moves was more than compensated for by a significant increase in supporting offshore construction projects.
▪ Guerrillas had overrun the exploration camp and set the rig afire.
▪ The steady hum of the drilling rigs and the rough growls of heavy machinery moving on the road smear the coastal quiet.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rig \Rig\, v. t. To make free with; hence, to steal; to pilfer. [Obs. or Prov.]

To rig the market (Stock Exchange), to raise or lower market prices, as by some fraud or trick. [Cant]


Rig \Rig\, v. i. To play the wanton; to act in an unbecoming manner; to play tricks. ``Rigging and rifling all ways.''


Rig \Rig\, n. [Cf. Wriggle.]

  1. A romp; a wanton; one given to unbecoming conduct. [Obs.]

  2. A sportive or unbecoming trick; a frolic.

  3. A blast of wind. [Prov. Eng.]

    That uncertain season before the rigs of Michaelmas were yet well composed.

    To run a rig, to play a trick; to engage in a frolic; to do something strange and unbecoming.

    He little dreamt when he set out Of running such a rig.


Rig \Rig\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rigged; p. pr. & vb. n. Rigging.] [Norweg. rigga to bind, particularly, to wrap round, rig; cf. AS. wr[=i]han to cover.]

  1. To furnish with apparatus or gear; to fit with tackling.

  2. To dress; to equip; to clothe, especially in an odd or fanciful manner; -- commonly followed by out.

    Jack was rigged out in his gold and silver lace.

    To rig a purchase, to adapt apparatus so as to get a purchase for moving a weight, as with a lever, tackle, capstan, etc.

    To rig a ship (Naut.), to fit the shrouds, stays, braces, etc., to their respective masts and yards.


Rig \Rig\, n. [See Ridge.] A ridge. [Prov. or Scott.]


Rig \Rig\, n.

  1. (Naut.) The peculiar fitting in shape, number, and arrangement of sails and masts, by which different types of vessels are distinguished; as, schooner rig, ship rig, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.

  2. Dress; esp., odd or fanciful clothing. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., originally nautical, "to fit with sails," probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Danish, Norwegian rigge "to equip," Swedish rigga "to rig, harness"), though these may be from English; perhaps ultimately from PIE *reig- "to bind." Slang meaning "to pre-arrange or tamper with results" is attested from 1938, perhaps a different word, from rig (n.) "a trick, swindle, scheme" (1775), earlier "sport, banter, ridicule" (1725), of unknown origin. Also there is rig (v.) "ransack" from 1560s, likewise of unknown origin. Related: Rigged; rigging.


"distinctive arrangement of sails, masts, etc. on a ship," 1822, from rig (v.). Extended to costume, clothing outfit (1843); horse-drawn vehicle (1831), which led to sense of "truck, bus, etc." (1851); and apparatus for well-sinking (1875).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context slang nautical English) The rigging of a sailing ship or other such craft. 2 special equipment or gear used for a particular purpose. 3 (context US English) A large truck such as a semi-tractor. 4 The special apparatus used for drilling wells. 5 (context informal English) A costume or an outfit. 6 (context slang computing English) A computer case, often modified for looks. 7 An imperfectly castrated horse, sheep etc. 8 (context slang English) radio equipment, especially a CB radio transceiver. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To fit out with a harness or other equipment. 2 (context transitive nautical English) To equip and fit (a ship) with sails, shrouds, and yards. 3 (context transitive informal English) To dress or clothe in some costume. 4 (context transitive English) To make or construct something in haste or in a makeshift manner. 5 (context transitive English) To manipulate something dishonestly for personal gain or discriminatory purposes. Etymology 2

n. (context UK Scotland dialect English) A ridge. Etymology 3

n. 1 (context obsolete English) A wanton; one given to unbecoming conduct. 2 (context obsolete English) A sportive or unbecoming trick; a frolic. 3 (context obsolete English) A blast of wind.

  1. n. gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise

  2. a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together [syn: trailer truck, tractor trailer, trucking rig, articulated lorry, semi]

  3. formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel [syn: rigging]

  4. a set of clothing (with accessories); "his getup was exceedingly elegant" [syn: outfit, getup, turnout]

  5. gear used in fishing [syn: fishing gear, tackle, fishing tackle, fishing rig]

  6. a vehicle with four wheels drawn by two or more horses [syn: carriage, equipage]

  7. the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud" [syn: swindle, cheat]

  8. [also: rigging, rigged]

  1. v. arrange the outcome of by means of deceit; "rig an election" [syn: set up]

  2. manipulate in a fraudulent manner; "rig prices" [syn: manipulate]

  3. connect or secure to; "They rigged the bomb to the ignition"

  4. equip with sails, masts, etc.; "rig a ship" [syn: set, set up]

  5. [also: rigging, rigged]


Rig may refer to:

Rig (fishing)

A rig is an arrangement of items used for fishing. It can be assembled of one or more lines, hooks, sinkers, bobbers, swivels, lures, beads, and other fishing tackle. A rig might be held by a rod, by hand, or attached to a boat or pier. Some rigs are designed to float near the surface of the water, others are designed to sink to the bottom. Some rigs are designed for trolling. Many rigs are designed especially for catching a single species of fish, but will work well for many different species.

Usage examples of "rig".

Frik Van Alman would be more upset about not regaining the artifact than he would ever have been about losing the oil rig.

When they had made their tallies other gangs of seamen rolled the great barrels down to the beach and loaded them into the largest pinnace to be taken out to the galleon, which lay anchored out in the channel, under her new mainmast and rigging.

Rigged to an ECUan environmental-control unitthat Rhyme could manipulate with his one working finger, the device used a rubber armature to turn pages of books.

Still the Berceau held on, though her way was checked, and now her bow-guns answered with chain-shot that shrieked high through the rigging, cutting ropes and sails as it went.

Then it crossed the sea of grass and bush to the dry region of the desert and came to Bir Oassa where the towers of oil rigs made a newer, metal forest.

The Biter was alongside the rigging wharf, starboard side to, and almost without a conscious intention he crossed the deck, swung legs across the bulwarks, and clambered down on to the dockside That Sam Holt had betrayed him he would not believe.

The road to the bale shed was sheltered by a high, densely overgrown caragana hedge, and when he came around the end of it, he saw the familiar midnight blue rig backed up to the big doors at the south end of the arena.

He bet that Algul Siento had been what his Dad had claimed America would become in time, a cashless society, and that old Seeberg was rigged so you only had to push the buttons in order to start the music.

Teddy was deeply asleep, so Zach left the cavelet late in the afternoon to rig a few early-warning devices around the perimeter.

Angelo groaned and turned a light chocolate colour every time he bent over to coil a rope or rig the rods and Chubby sweated neat alcohol and his expression was truly terrifying.

We found a good anchor point for our block and tackle and while Chubby rigged it, I left him and floated back to the nearest cabin.

Cig and Grace waved as Cig pulled the rig around, truck nose outwards.

This happened quickly--the roar of flames, the clacketing of the rig, the heavy horses whipped to a lather through their fear, the wooden wheels bumping and veering between flames--but, quick as it was, Mamo never forgot.

Through the grille of the hatch he could see a mast, and sailors clambering like squirrels about the rigging.

Back during the height of the Rebellion, the mechanical genius General Airen Cracken had found a way to rig blaster power packs to explode.