- The definition of a tack is a sharp pointed nail with a flat head.
An example of tack is what is used to hang things on a bulletin board.
- Tack is defined as to fasten or secure something.
An example of to tack is to hang a picture on the wall.
Colorul tacks for a bulletin board.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a short nail or pin, with a narrow shaft that is not tapered and a relatively large, flat head
- the act of fastening, esp. in a slight or temporary way
- Sewing a stitch for marking darts, etc. from a pattern, clipped and later removedin full tailor's tack
- stickiness; adhesiveness
- a zigzag course, or movement in such a course
- a course of action or policy, esp. one differing from another or a preceding course
Origin: < ?food; foodstuff: hardtack
- a rope for securing the forward lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail
- this corner
- the direction in which a vessel is moving in relation to the position of the sails
- a change of direction in which the sail or sails shift from one side of the vessel to the other
- a course against the wind
- any of a series of zigzag movements in such a course
- equipment for riding a horse, as saddles, bridles, etc.; saddlery
Origin: Middle English takke from Middle Dutch tacke, twig, point, akin to German zacke from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form dek-, to tear from source tail
- to fasten or attach with tacks
- to attach temporarily, as by sewing with long stitches
- to attach as a supplement; add: to tack an amendment onto a bill
- Horsemanship to put a saddle, bridle, etc. on (a horse): often with up
- to change the course of (a vessel) by turning its bow into and across the wind
- to maneuver (a vessel) against the wind by a series of tacks
- to tack a sailing vessel
- to change its course by being tacked, or sail against the wind by a series of tacks: said of a sailing vessel
- to go in a zigzag course
- to change suddenly one's policy or course of action
- tacker noun
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- A short, light nail with a sharp point and a flat head.
- Nautical a. A rope for holding down the weather clew of a course.b. A rope for hauling the outer lower corner of a studdingsail to the boom.c. The part of a sail, such as the weather clew of a course, to which this rope is fastened.d. The lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
- Nautical a. The position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails.b. The act of changing from one position or direction to another.c. The distance or leg sailed between changes of position or direction.
- a. A course of action meant to minimize opposition to the attainment of a goal.b. An approach, especially one of a series of changing approaches.
- A large, loose stitch made as a temporary binding or as a marker.
- Stickiness, as that of a newly painted surface.
- To fasten or attach with or as if with a tack: tacked the carpet down.
- To fasten or mark (cloth or a seam, for example) with a loose basting stitch.
- To put together loosely and arbitrarily: tacked some stories together in an attempt to write a novel.
- To add as an extra item; append: tacked two dollars onto the bill.
- Nautical To bring (a vessel) into the wind in order to change course or direction.
- Nautical a. To change the direction or course of a vessel: Stand by to tack.b. To change tack: The ship tacked to starboard.
- To change one's course of action.
Origin: Middle English tak, fastener, from Old North French taque, probably of Germanic origin.
- tackˈer noun
- tackˈless adjective
Origin: Origin unknown.
Origin: Short for tackle.