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Meaning of TACK

Pronunciation:  tak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  sailing a zigzag course
  2. [n]  (nautical) the act of changing tack
  3. [n]  a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
  4. [n]  gear for a horse
  5. [n]  a short nail with a sharp point and a large head
  6. [n]  the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
  7. [v]  reverse, as of direction, attitude, or course of action
  8. [v]  make by putting pieces together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"
  9. [v]  fix to; attach; "append a charm to the necklace"
  10. [v]  sew together loosely, with large stitches; "baste a hem"
  11. [v]  fasten with tacks; "tack the notice on the board"
  12. [v]  turn (a boat) into the wind; "The sailors decided to tack tge boat"; "The boat tacked"

TACK is a 4 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: alternate, append, assemble, baste, flip, flip-flop, hang on, interchange, mainsheet, piece, put together, saddlery, set up, sheet, shroud, stable gear, switch, tack on, tack together, tacking, tag on, wear round, weather sheet
 Antonyms: break apart, break up, disassemble, dismantle, take apart
 See Also: aim, appurtenances, attach, bearing, bit, bring together, caparison, carpet tack, change by reversal, change of course, cinch, comfit, compound, confect, confection, configure, confuse, create, drawing pin, fasten, fix, futtock shroud, gear, girth, hame, harness, headgear, heading, horse blanket, housing, housings, join, jumble, line, make, martingale, mix up, nail, paraphernalia, pushpin, reassemble, reverse, rig up, run up, saddle blanket, saddlecloth, sail, sailing, secure, sew, sew together, ship, stitch, subjoin, tack, thumbtack, thumbtack, tintack, trapping, trappings, turn, yoke



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tack\, n. [From an old or dialectal form of F. tache. See
    1. A stain; a tache. [Obs.]
    2. [Cf. L. tactus.] A peculiar flavor or taint; as, a musty
       tack. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Drayton.
  2. \Tack\, n. [OE. tak, takke, a fastening; akin to D. tak a
    branch, twig, G. zacke a twig, prong, spike, Dan. takke a
    tack, spike; cf. also Sw. tagg prickle, point, Icel. t[=a]g a
    willow twig, Ir. taca a peg, nail, fastening, Gael. tacaid,
    Armor. & Corn. tach; perhaps akin to E. take. Cf. {Attach},
    {Attack}, {Detach}, {Tag} an end, {Zigzag}.]
    1. A small, short, sharp-pointed nail, usually having a
       broad, flat head.
    2. That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix. See
       {Tack}, v. t., 3. --Macaulay.
             Some tacks had been made to money bills in King
             Charles's time.                       --Bp. Burnet.
    3. (Naut.)
       (a) A rope used to hold in place the foremost lower
           corners of the courses when the vessel is closehauled
           (see Illust. of {Ship}); also, a rope employed to pull
           the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom.
       (b) The part of a sail to which the tack is usually
           fastened; the foremost lower corner of fore-and-aft
           sails, as of schooners (see Illust. of {Sail}).
       (c) The direction of a vessel in regard to the trim of her
           sails; as, the starboard tack, or port tack; -- the
           former when she is closehauled with the wind on her
           starboard side; hence, the run of a vessel on one
           tack; also, a change of direction.
    4. (Scots Law) A contract by which the use of a thing is set,
       or let, for hire; a lease. --Burrill.
    5. Confidence; reliance. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
    {Tack of a flag} (Naut.), a line spliced into the eye at the
       foot of the hoist for securing the flag to the halyards.
    {Tack pins} (Naut.), belaying pins; -- also called {jack
    {To haul the tacks aboard} (Naut.), to set the courses.
    {To hold tack}, to last or hold out. --Milton.
  3. \Tack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tacked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Tacking}.] [Cf. OD. tacken to touch, take, seize, fix, akin
    to E. take. See {Tack} a small nail.]
    1. To fasten or attach. ``In hopes of getting some commendam
       tacked to their sees.'' --Swift.
             And tacks the center to the sphere.   --Herbert.
    2. Especially, to attach or secure in a slight or hasty
       manner, as by stitching or nailing; as, to tack together
       the sheets of a book; to tack one piece of cloth to
       another; to tack on a board or shingle; to tack one piece
       of metal to another by drops of solder.
    3. In parliamentary usage, to add (a supplement) to a bill;
       to append; -- often with on or to. --Macaulay.
    4. (Naut.) To change the direction of (a vessel) when sailing
       closehauled, by putting the helm alee and shifting the
       tacks and sails so that she will proceed to windward
       nearly at right angles to her former course.
    Note: In tacking, a vessel is brought to point at first
          directly to windward, and then so that the wind will
          blow against the other side.
  4. \Tack\, v. i. (Naut.)
    To change the direction of a vessel by shifting the position
    of the helm and sails; also (as said of a vessel), to have
    her direction changed through the shifting of the helm and
    sails. See {Tack}, v. t., 4.
          Monk, . . . when he wanted his ship to tack to
          larboard, moved the mirth of his crew by calling out,
          ``Wheel to the left.''                   --Macaulay.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing tacks in your dream, symbolizes annoyances in your life causing you to be very confrontational and quarrelsome. Dreaming that you are pushing or driving a tack means that you will overcome your rivals.