||Rigor caloris[L., rigor of heat] (Physiol.), a form of rigor mortis induced by heat, as when the muscle of a mammal is heated to about 50°C.||Rigor mortis[L. , rigor of death], death stiffening; the rigidity of the muscles that occurs at death and lasts till decomposition sets in. It is due to the formation of myosin by the coagulation of the contents of the individual muscle fibers.

(Rig"or) n. [OE. rigour, OF. rigour, F. rigueur, from L. rigor, fr. rigere to be stiff. See Rigid.] [Written also rigour.]

1. The becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid; rigidity; stiffness; hardness.

The rest his look
Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to move.

2. (Med.) See 1st Rigor, 2.

3. Severity of climate or season; inclemency; as, the rigor of the storm; the rigors of winter.

4. Stiffness of opinion or temper; rugged sternness; hardness; relentless severity; hard-heartedness; cruelty.

All his rigor is turned to grief and pity.

If I shall be condemn'd
Upon surmises, . . . I tell you
'T is rigor and not law.

2. Stiffness of appearance or manner; want of ease or elegance. Sir H. Wotton.

3. Severity; rigor. [Obs. orR.] Bp. Burnet.

Syn. — Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility.

(Rig"id*ly) v. In a rigid manner; stiffly.

(Rig"id*ness), n. The quality or state of being rigid.

(Ri*gid"u*lous) a. [Dim. from rigid.] (Bot.) Somewhat rigid or stiff; as, a rigidulous bristle.

(Rig"let) n. (Print.) See Reglet.

(Rig"ma*role) n. [For ragman roll. See Ragman's roll.] A succession of confused or nonsensical statements; foolish talk; nonsense. [Colloq.]

Often one's dear friend talks something which one scruples to call rigmarole.
De Quincey.

(Rig"ma*role), a. Consisting of rigmarole; frovolous; nonsensical; foolish.

(Rig"ol) n. [OE. also ringol. Cf. Ring.] A circle; hence, a diadem. [Obs.] Shak.

(Rig"oll) n. [Corrupted fr. regal.] A musical instrument formerly in use, consisting of several sticks bound together, but separated by beads, and played with a stick with a ball at its end. Moore (Encyc. of Music.).

(||Ri"gor) n. [L. See Rigor., below.]

1. Rigidity; stiffness.

2. (ed.) A sense of chilliness, with contraction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or tremor, as in the chill preceding a fever.

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