• WordNet 3.6
    • n rigger a long slender pointed sable brush used by artists
    • n rigger a sailing vessel with a specified rig "a square rigger"
    • n rigger someone who rigs ships
    • n rigger someone who works on an oil rig
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rigger A cylindrical pulley or drum in machinery.
    • Rigger (Painting) A long slender, and pointed sable brush for making fine lines, etc.; -- said to be so called from its use by marine painters for drawing the lines of the rigging.
    • Rigger One who rigs or dresses; one whose occupation is to fit the rigging of a ship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rigger One who rigs; specifically, one whose occupation is the fitting of the rigging of ships.
    • n rigger In machinery: A band-wheel having a slightly curved rim.
    • n rigger A fast-and-loose pulley.
    • n rigger A long-pointed sable brush used for painting, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Rigger one who rigs or dresses: in machinery, a large cylindrical pulley, or narrow drum
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Norw. rigga, to bandage, to put on sails, rigg, rigging.


In literature:

The janitor was too old a man to make the repair and it looked as though a professional rigger must be sent for, when Neale volunteered.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
The riggers were still busy, and the crew hard at work getting in stores, water, and provisions, including fresh meat and vegetables.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
He laid all the blame of the disasters his ship had met with to the Dockyard riggers.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
I shall bear up for one of the London dockyards as a rigger.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
They are of interest to designers, but this is written for the practical pilot and rigger.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
The full-rigger, with Norman Burnside in command, drew ahead of the barque and lost sight of her in the darkness.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
If you have been amongst the thimble-riggers you must be tolerably well cleared out.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
We reached the sea-shore, and embarked in a large double canoe, with an out-rigger to prevent her capsizing.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
If you have been amongst the thimble-riggers you must be tolerably well cleared out.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
The mast of the yacht was stepped during the forenoon, and after dinner the rigger came to do his part of the work.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

Oh, the day it was wet and the sky it was cloudy,
The trail was as slick as any oil-riggers's pants
When Ranger McCabe on his pony, Old Rowdy,
Came ridin' where walkin' was takin' a chance.
"Roll A Rock Down" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In news:

Things didn't look good for Goolwa, a drought-stricken Australian outpost best known for yacht racing and rabble-rousing — that is, until one salty boat-rigger rallied the locals and helped bring his town back from the brink.
The Western world knows Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the rabble-rouser, the Holocaust denier and the election-rigger.
Note to would-be union election riggers: Mind your punctuation .
Custom Rigger Trucks Solve The Problem.
Moorestown police officers at the scene of an accident at the Mayberry Rigger Warehouse off Lenola Road on Tuesday morning.
Sign outside the Mayberry Rigger Warehouse off Lenola Road.
I was able to bring in some of the best riggers in the business to start building my company.
The tall ship Gazela, built in Portugal built in 1883 in Portugal and said to be the oldest sailing square rigger still sailing in the US, will be visiting New York Aug 19-23.
The 2T-V was developed with very fast build times in mind, as the Tower takes only 2.5 hours to build with a crew of one HSL Rigger and four local crew members.
The Entertainment Technician Certification Program Council announced the first ETCP Certified Arena and Theatre Riggers.
The first ETCP Rigging Skills Certifications will be geared towards highly experienced riggers (rigging supervisors, high steel riggers, etc).
A rigger makes his way up top the rafters during the election night party for President Barack Obama Tuesday in Chicago.
NASA personnel and riggers take a break for a second af.
Rig Have your rig inspected by a knowledgeable rigger, not just by any boatyard employee.
This rigging safety video from Global Safety Council shows some common hand signals used between riggers and crane operators to keep the job moving and safe.

In science:

Figure 1b shows the 3-particle azimuthal distribution (J3 ) in ∆φaT = φa − φT rigger and ∆φbT = φb − φT where φT , φa , and φb are the azimuthal angles of the trigger particle and the two associated particles respectively.
Three Particle Correlations from STAR
Events are selected if they satisfy H T rigger > 375 GeV.
Searches for Supersymmetry with the CMS Experiment