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tack

verb \ ˈtak \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tack

transitive verb
1 : attach
  • tack on some sequins for pizzazz
; especially : to fasten or affix with tacks
  • tack a notice to a pole
  • tacking down a stairway carpet
2 : to join or add in a slight or hasty manner usually used with on or onto
  • … the upbeat ending, tacked on to a book that cries out for a tragic one.
  • —Julian Symons
3 a : to add as a supplement or something extra usually used with on or onto
  • tacked fees onto the price
  • The Marlins tacked on five runs in the bottom of the eighth …
  • —Buster Olney
b : to add (a rider) to a parliamentary bill
  • provisions tacked to an appropriation bill
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
intransitive verb
1 a : to tack a sailing ship
  • We tacked repeatedly as we sailed toward the harbor.
b of a ship : to change to an opposite tack by turning the bow to the wind
  • a ship that tacks easily
c : to follow a course against the wind by a series of tacks
  • Boredom was the chief enemy as the ships tacked to and fro.
  • —Nigel Calder
2 a : to follow a zigzag course
  • tacked through the crowd
b : to modify one's policy or attitude abruptly
  • With the coming of Ronald Reagan to power, Nixon tacked hard right—an old instinct.
  • —Sidney Blumenthal

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 and Etymology of tack

Middle English takken, from tak


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tack

noun

Definition of tack

1 : a small short sharp-pointed nail usually having a broad flat head
2 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
3 : any of various usually temporary stitches
4 : the lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail
5 : a sticky or adhesive quality or condition

Origin and Etymology 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


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tack

noun

Definition of tack

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

Origin and Etymology of tack

perhaps short for tackle


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tack

noun

Definition of tack

: hardtack 1

Origin and Etymology of tack

origin unknown

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TACK Defined for English Language Learners

tack

verb

Definition of tack for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TACK Defined for Kids

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tack

noun \ ˈtak \

Definition of tack for Students

1 : a small nail with a sharp point and usually a broad flat head
2 : the direction a ship is sailing as shown by the position the sails are set in
3 : a course or method of action
  • Since I wasn't getting any answers, I decided to try a different tack.
4 : a temporary stitch used in sewing

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tack

verb

Definition of tack for Students

tacked; tacking
1 : to fasten with tacks
2 : to attach or join loosely or quickly
  • At the end of the report, she tacked on her own complaints.
3 : to change from one course to another in sailing
4 : to follow a zigzag course

Law Dictionary

tack

transitive verb

legal Definition of tack

: to combine (a use, possession, or period of time) with that of another especially 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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