noun tack·le \ˈta-kəl, nautical often ˈtā-\

Definition of TACKLE

:  a set of the equipment used in a particular activity :  gear <fishing tackle>
a :  a ship's rigging
b :  an assemblage of ropes and pulleys arranged to gain mechanical advantage for hoisting and pulling
a :  the act or an instance of tackling
b (1) :  either of two offensive football players positioned on each side of the center and between guard and end
(2) :  either of two football players positioned on the inside of a defensive line

Examples of TACKLE

  1. a box for fishing tackle
  2. He made two tackles in the first half.

Illustration of TACKLE

Origin of TACKLE

Middle English takel; akin to Middle Dutch takel ship's rigging
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl



: to forcefully seize (someone) and cause that person to fall to the ground

American football or rugby : to force (the player with the ball) to fall to the ground

soccer, field hockey, etc. : to try to get the ball from (an opposing player who has it)

tack·ledtack·ling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of TACKLE

transitive verb
:  to attach or secure with or as if with tackle
a :  to seize, take hold of, or grapple with especially with the intention of stopping or subduing
b :  to seize and throw down or stop (an opposing player with the ball) in football
:  to set about dealing with <tackle the problem>
intransitive verb
:  to tackle an opposing player in football
tack·ler \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of TACKLE

  1. The police officer tackled him as he tried to escape.
  2. He was tackled at the line of scrimmage.
  3. I'll tackle my homework later.
  4. We found new ways to tackle the problem.

First Known Use of TACKLE


Rhymes with TACKLE

TACKLER Defined for Kids


verb tack·le \ˈta-kəl\

Definition of TACKLE for Kids

:  to seize and throw (a person) to the ground
:  to begin working on <I decided to tackle the job.>



Definition of TACKLE for Kids

:  a set of special equipment <fishing tackle>
:  an arrangement of ropes and wheels for hoisting or pulling something heavy
:  an act of seizing and throwing a person to the ground
:  a football player positioned on the line of scrimmage


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