Part of speech: noun
Origin: Scandinavian, late 15th century
the lines and chains used aboard a ship for supporting masts, sails and other parts of the vessel
lines and chains used in theater set design for support and movement
Examples of Rigging in a sentence
"Before you can sail the boat, you have to understand how to set the rigging."
"I didn't land the part in the play, but at least I get to manage the rigging that opens the curtain"
Ropes and cables on boats are called different things depending on their use. A line used to adjust sails is called a sheet, while any rope serving a purpose is known as a line. All together, the lines and sheets on a boat comprise the rigging.
Did you Know?
Rigging a sailboat from scratch can take anywhere from an entire day to a week or more.