1) in tree pruning or removal. method of using ropes and hardware to control or direct the descent of cut material or to handle heavy loads. 2) with cranes. loaders. or other equipment. method of using ropes and hardware to lift heavy loads.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
rigging (noun)
a) lines and chains used aboard a ship especially in working sail and supporting masts and spars
b) a similar network (as in theater scenery) used for support and manipulation
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rigging (Wikipedia)
The rigging of a square rigger in London.
Standing rigging on a fore-and-aft rigged sailboat.
Key: 1. Forestay 2. Shroud 3. (Spreaders) 4. Backstay 5. Inner forestay 6. Sidestay 7. (Boom) 8. Running backstays
Standing rigging on a square-rigged vessel.
Running rigging on a sailing yacht:
1. Main sheet 2. Jib sheet 3. Boom vang 4. Downhaul 5. Jib halyard

Rigging comprises the system of ropes, cables and chains, which support a sailing ship or sail boat's masts—standing rigging, including shrouds and stays—and which adjust the position of the vessel's sails and spars to which they are attached—the running rigging, including halyards, braces, sheets and vangs.

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