Definition of rig noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪɡ//
    Coastlines and the sea, Parts of boats and ships
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  1. 1(especially in compounds) a large piece of equipment that is used for taking oil or gas from the ground or the bottom of the sea an oil rig Her husband works on a rig in the North Sea for weeks at a time. See related entries: Coastlines and the sea
  2. 2the way that the masts and sails on a boat, etc. are arranged See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  3. 3(North American English, informal) a large lorry/truck
  4. 4equipment that is used for a special purpose a CB radio rig
  5. Word Originnoun late 15th cent. (in nautical use): perhaps of Scandinavian origin: compare with Norwegian rigga ‘bind or wrap up’. The noun dates from the early 19th cent.
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