un- + rig
unrig (third-person singular simple present unrigs, present participle unrigging, simple past and past participle unrigged)
- (nautical, transitive, intransitive) To remove the rigging from (a vessel, etc.).
- 1693, William Congreve, The Old Bachelor, London: Peter Buck, Act V, Scene 1, p. 43,
- No, I have brought nothing but Ballast back,— made a delicious Voyage, Setter; and might have rode at Anchor in the Port till this time, but the Enemy surpriz’d us.— I wou’d unrig.
1859, W.H.G. Kingston, chapter 22, in Old Jack:
- Some climbed the masts to unrig her, others rushed into the hold to get out the cargo, and numbers hurried to the cabin to carry off the lighter articles which it contained.
1867, William Henry Smyth, The Sailor's Word-Book:
- TRIPPING-LINE. A small rope serving to unrig the lower top-gallant yard-arm of its lift and brace, when in the act of sending it down on deck.
- 1957, Neville Shute, On the Beach, New York: William Morrow & Co., Chapter 3,
- […] in bathing costumes they unrigged the boat, put away the sails, and got her up to her resting place upon the dry sand of the beach.
- To disable.
- (obsolete, slang) To undress (someone).
- ^ ‘B.E.,’ A New Dictionary of the Canting Crew, London: W. Hawes et al., 1699,