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tack

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verb \ˈtak\

Simple Definition of tack

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tack

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  attach; especially :  to fasten or affix with tacks

  3. 2 :  to join in a slight or hasty manner

  4. 3a :  to add as a supplementb :  to add (a rider) to a parliamentary bill

  5. 4 :  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

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1a :  to tack a sailing shipb of a ship :  to change to an opposite tack by turning the bow to the windc :  to follow a course against the wind by a series of tacks

  8. 2a :  to follow a zigzag courseb :  to modify one's policy or attitude abruptly

tacker noun

Examples of tack in a sentence

  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


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tack

noun

Definition of tack

  1. 1 :  a small short sharp-pointed nail usually having a broad flat head

  2. 2a :  the direction of a ship with respect to the trim of her sails <starboard tack>b :  the run of a sailing ship on one tackc :  a change when close-hauled from the starboard to the port tack or vice versad :  a zigzag movement on lande :  a course or method of action; especially :  one sharply divergent from that previously followed

  3. 3 :  any of various usually temporary stitches

  4. 4 :  the lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail

  5. 5 :  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


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tack

noun

Definition of tack

  1. :  hardtack 1



Origin of tack

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1841


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tack

noun

Definition of tack

  1. :  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

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TACK Defined for Kids

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tack

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noun \ˈtak\

Definition of tack for Students

  1. 1 :  a small nail with a sharp point and usually a broad flat head

  2. 2 :  the direction a ship is sailing as shown by the position the sails are set in

  3. 3 :  a course or method of action <Since I wasn't getting any answers, I decided to try a different tack.>

  4. 4 :  a temporary stitch used in sewing




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tack

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verb

Definition of tack for Students

tackedtacking

  1. 1 :  to fasten with tacks

  2. 2 :  to attach or join loosely or quickly <At the end of the report, she tacked on her own complaints.>

  3. 3 :  to change from one course to another in sailing

  4. 4 :  to follow a zigzag course




Law Dictionary

tack

transitive verb

Legal Definition of tack

  1. :  to combine (a use, possession, or period of time) with that of another esp. in order to satisfy the statutory time period for acquiring title to or a prescriptive easement in the property of a third party <successive adverse users in privity with prior adverse users can tack successive adverse possessions of land — Hall v. Kerlee, 461 S.E.2d 911 (1995)>





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