Tack definitions

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A short, light nail with a sharp point and a flat head.
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An approach to accomplishing a goal or a method of dealing with a problem.
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A large, loose stitch made as a temporary binding or as a marker.
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Stickiness, as that of a newly painted surface.
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A rope for holding down the weather clew of a course.
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A rope for hauling the outer lower corner of a studdingsail to the boom.
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To fasten or attach with a tack or tacks.

Tacked the carpet down.

verb
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To fasten or mark (cloth or a seam, for example) with a loose basting stitch.
verb
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A short nail or pin, with a narrow shaft that is not tapered and a relatively large, flat head.
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To put together loosely and arbitrarily.

Tacked some stories together in an attempt to write a novel.

verb
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A zigzag course, or movement in such a course.
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To add as an extra item; append.

Tacked two dollars onto the bill.

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A course of action or policy, esp. one differing from another or a preceding course.
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To bring (a vessel) into the wind in order to change course or direction.
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Food; foodstuff.

Hardtack.

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To change one's course of action.
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Equipment for riding a horse, as saddles, bridles, etc.; saddlery.
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To go in a zigzag course.
verb
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To change suddenly one's policy or course of action.
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To fasten or attach with tacks.
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To attach temporarily, as by sewing with long stitches.
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To attach as a supplement; add.

To tack an amendment onto a bill.

verb
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To put a saddle, bridle, etc. on (a horse)
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A small nail with a flat head.
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A stain; a tache.
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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.

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(sewing) A loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth.
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Tack is defined as to fasten or secure something.

An example of to tack is to hang a picture on the wall.

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(nautical) The lower corner on the leading edge of a sail relative to the direction of the wind.
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(chemistry) The stickiness of a compound, related to its cohesive and adhesive properties.
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(nautical) A course or heading that enables a sailing vessel to head upwind. See also reach, gybe.
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A direction or course of action, especially a new one.
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That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix.

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(nautical) The maneuver by which a sailing vessel turns its bow through the wind so that the wind changes from one side to the other.
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(law, Scotland) A contract by which the use of a thing is set, or let, for hire; a lease.

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The part of a sail, such as the weather clew of a course, to which this rope is fastened.
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The lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
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The position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails.
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The act of changing from one position or direction to another.
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The distance or leg sailed between changes of position or direction.
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To change the direction of a sailing vessel, especially by turning the bow into and past the direction of the wind.

Stand by to tack.

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To sail a zigzag course upwind by repeatedly executing such a maneuver.
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To change tack.

The ship tacked to starboard.

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Food, especially coarse or inferior foodstuffs.
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The harness for a horse, including the bridle and saddle.
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The act of fastening, esp. in a slight or temporary way.
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A stitch for marking darts, etc. from a pattern, clipped and later removed.
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Stickiness; adhesiveness.
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A rope for securing the lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
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This corner.
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The direction in which a vessel is moving in relation to the position of the sails.
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A change of direction in which the sail or sails shift from one side of the vessel to the other.
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A course against the wind.
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Any of a series of zigzag movements in such a course.
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To change the course of (a vessel) by turning its bow into and across the wind.
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To maneuver (a vessel) against the wind by a series of tacks.
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To tack a sailing vessel.
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To change its course by being tacked, or sail against the wind by a series of tacks.
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(nautical) The distance a sailing vessel runs between these maneuvers when working to windward; a board.
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(nautical) A rope used to hold in place the foremost lower corners of the courses when the vessel is close-hauled; also, a rope employed to pull the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom.
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Any of the various equipment and accessories worn by horses in the course of their use as domesticated animals. Saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales, and breastplates are all forms of horse tack.
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To nail with a tack (small nail with a flat head).
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To sew/stich with a tack (loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth).
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(nautical) To maneuver a sailing vessel so that its bow turns through the wind, i.e. the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other.
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To add something as an extra item.

To tack (something) onto (something)

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Often paired with "up", to place the tack on a horse.
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Origin of tack

Middle English tak fastener from Old North French taque probably of Germanic origin