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tr.v. rigged, rig·ging, rigs
1. To provide with a harness or equipment; fit out.
2. Nautical
a. To equip (a ship) with sails, shrouds, and yards.
b. To fit (sails or shrouds, for example) to masts and yards.
3. Informal To dress, clothe, or adorn: The costumer rigged out the actors in peasant clothing.
4. To make or construct in haste or in a makeshift manner: rig up a tent for the night.
5. To manipulate dishonestly for personal gain: rig a prizefight; rig stock prices.
1. Nautical The arrangement of masts, spars, and sails on a sailing vessel.
2. Special equipment or gear used for a particular purpose.
a. A truck or tractor.
b. A tractor-trailer.
c. A vehicle with one or more horses harnessed to it.
4. The special apparatus used for drilling oil wells and extracting the oil.
5. Western US See saddle.
6. Informal A costume or an outfit: wore an outlandish rig to the office.
7. Fishing tackle.

[Middle English riggen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian rigga, to bind.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rigged - fitted or equipped with necessary rigging (sails and shrouds and stays etc)
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
unrigged - stripped of rigging
References in classic literature ?
Squaring her yards, she bore down, ranged abeam under the Pequod's lee, and lowered a boat; it soon drew nigh; but, as the side-ladder was being rigged by Starbuck's order to accommodate the visiting captain, the stranger in question waved his hand from his boat's stern in token of that proceeding being entirely unnecessary.
I rigged up my pile-driver, and allowed myself fifteen minutes to drive him into the earth -- drive him ALL in -- drive him in till not even the curve of his skull should show above ground.
So I cut down some trees and rigged a spar on the starboard and another on the port side, and fooled away upward of three hours trying to spar her off.