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tr.v. rigged, rig·ging, rigs
1. To provide with a harness or equipment; fit out.
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.]
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