Everything on a sailboat or ship that holds the sails up is its rigging. The rigging typically includes masts and ropes.

Sometimes the term rigging is used for just about everything on a sailing vessel, including the sails themselves. You can also use this noun for the process of adjusting or setting up these parts, either on a ship or an airship, parachute, or hang-glider. Rigging comes from the verb rig, which was originally nautical and meant just "to fit with sails."

Definitions of rigging

n formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel

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Bermuda rig, Bermudan rig, Bermudian rig, Marconi rig
a rig of triangular sails for a yacht
cat rig
rig of a catboat
fore-and-aft rig
rig in which the principal sails are fore-and-aft
the rig on a lateen-rigged sailing vessel
Type of:
a particular spatial arrangement

n gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails

Type of:
appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

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