verb \ˈtak\

: to fasten or attach (something) with tacks

: to add on or attach (something) in a quick or careless way

sailing : to turn a ship or boat so that the wind is coming at it from the opposite side

Full Definition of TACK

transitive verb
:  attach; especially :  to fasten or affix with tacks
:  to join in a slight or hasty manner
a :  to add as a supplement
b :  to add (a rider) to a parliamentary bill
:  to change the direction of (a sailing ship) when sailing close-hauled by turning the bow to the wind and shifting the sails so as to fall off on the other side at about the same angle as before
intransitive verb
a :  to tack a sailing ship
b of a ship :  to change to an opposite tack by turning the bow to the wind
c :  to follow a course against the wind by a series of tacks
a :  to follow a zigzag course
b :  to modify one's policy or attitude abruptly
tack·er noun

Examples of TACK

  1. She tacked a poster on the wall.
  2. A message was tacked to the board.
  3. We had to tack repeatedly as we sailed toward the harbor.

Origin of TACK

Middle English takken, from tak
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of TACK

:  a small short sharp-pointed nail usually having a broad flat head
a :  the direction of a ship with respect to the trim of her sails <starboard tack>
b :  the run of a sailing ship on one tack
c :  a change when close-hauled from the starboard to the port tack or vice versa
d :  a zigzag movement on land
e :  a course or method of action; especially :  one sharply divergent from that previously followed
:  any of various usually temporary stitches
:  the lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail
:  a sticky or adhesive quality or condition

Origin of TACK

Middle English tak fastener, rope tying down the windward corner of a sail, from Middle French (Norman dialect) taque; akin to Middle Dutch tac sharp point
First Known Use: 1574



Definition of TACK

:  hardtack 1

Origin of TACK

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1841



Definition of TACK

:  stable gear; especially :  articles of harness (as saddle and bridle) for use on a saddle horse

Origin of TACK

perhaps short for tackle
First Known Use: 1924

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt


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