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Definition rig

Etymology 1

From Early Modern English rygge, probably of North Germanic origin. Compare Norwegian rigge (“to bind up; wrap around; rig; equip”), Swedish dialectal rigga (“to rig a horse”). Possibly from Proto-Germanic *rik- (“to bind”), from Proto-Indo-European *rign-, *reyg- (“to bind”); or related to Old English *wrīhan, wrīohan, wrēohan, wrēon (“to bind; wrap up; cover”). See also wry (“to cover; clothe; dress; hide”).

Noun

rig (plural rigs)

  1. (nautical) The rigging of a sailing ship or other such craft.
  2. Special equipment or gear used for a particular purpose.
  3. (US) A large truck such as a semi-tractor.
  4. The special apparatus used for drilling wells.
  5. (informal) A costume or an outfit.
  6. (slang, computing) A computer case, often modified for looks.
  7. An imperfectly castrated horse, sheep etc.
  8. (slang) Radio equipment, especially a citizen's band transceiver.
Verb

rig (third-person singular simple present rigs, present participle rigging, simple past and past participle rigged)

  1. (transitive) To fit out with a harness or other equipment.
  2. (transitive, nautical) To equip and fit (a ship) with sails, shrouds, and yards.
  3. (transitive, informal) To dress or clothe in some costume.
  4. (transitive) To make or construct something in haste or in a makeshift manner.
  5. (transitive) To manipulate something dishonestly for personal gain or discriminatory purposes.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To make free with; hence, to steal; to pilfer.

Etymology 2

See ridge.

Noun

rig (plural rigs)

  1. (Britain, Scotland, dialectal) A ridge.

Etymology 3

Compare wriggle.

Noun

rig (plural rigs)

  1. (obsolete) A wanton; one given to unbecoming conduct.
  2. A promiscuous woman.
  3. (obsolete) A sportive or unbecoming trick; a frolic.
  4. (obsolete) A blast of wind.
Verb

rig (third-person singular simple present rigs, present participle rigging, simple past and past participle rigged)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To play the wanton; to act in an unbecoming manner; to play tricks.

Etymology 4

From ring (“algebraic structure”), omitting the letter n to suggest the lack of negatives. Compare structure like a ring but lacking a multiplicative identity.

Noun

rig (plural rigs)

  1. (algebra, ring theory) An algebraic structure similar to a ring, but without the requirement that every element have an additive inverse.

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