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  Dictionary Definition of rig

verb (t) ( rigged, rigging )
1. Chiefly Nautical a. to put in proper order for working or use. b. to fit (a vessel, a mast, etc.) with the necessary shrouds, stays, etc. c. to fit (shrouds, stays, sails, etc.) to the mast, yard, or the like.
2. Aeronautics to obtain the correct relative positions of the different components of an aircraft.
3. Also, rig up. to prepare or put together, especially as a makeshift.
4. to manipulate fraudulently: to rig an election, prices, etc.
-- noun
5. the arrangement of the masts, spars, sails, etc., on a boat or ship.
6. apparatus for some purpose; equipment; outfit.
7. Colloquial a vehicle with a horse or horses, as for driving.
8. the equipment used in drilling an oil or gas well.
9. Also, rig-out. Colloquial costume or dress, especially when odd or conspicuous.
10. a male sheep, horse, etc., not properly castrated.
11. ® semitrailer.
-- phrase
12. rig out ; rig up, a. to furnish or provide with equipment, etc.; fit out. b. Colloquial to fit or deck with clothes, etc.
[probably from Scandinavian; cf. d. Swed. rigga på to harness]
-- rigged, adjective