What does tack mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tack(noun)

    the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails

  2. tack(noun)

    a short nail with a sharp point and a large head

  3. stable gear, saddlery, tack(noun)

    gear for a horse

  4. sheet, tack, mainsheet, weather sheet, shroud(noun)

    (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind

  5. tack, tacking(noun)

    (nautical) the act of changing tack

  6. tack(verb)

    sailing a zigzag course

  7. tack(verb)

    fasten with tacks

    "tack the notice on the board"

  8. tack, wear round(verb)

    turn into the wind

    "The sailors decided to tack the boat"; "The boat tacked"

  9. assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together(verb)

    create by putting components or members together

    "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"; "They set up a committee"

  10. baste, tack(verb)

    sew together loosely, with large stitches

    "baste a hem"

  11. append, tag on, tack on, tack, hang on(verb)

    fix to; attach

    "append a charm to the necklace"

  12. interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop(verb)

    reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)


  1. tack(Noun)

    A small nail with a flat head.

  2. tack(Noun)

    A small, sharp, nail-like object used especially to affix thin items to thicker ones, but not heavily used in carpentry.

  3. tack(Noun)

    A loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth.

  4. tack(Noun)

    The lower corner on the leading edge of a sail relative to the direction of the wind.

  5. tack(Noun)

    A course or heading that enables a sailing vessel to head upwind. See also reach, gybe.

  6. tack(Noun)

    A direction or course of action, especially a new one.

  7. tack(Noun)

    The maneuver by which a sailing vessel turns its bow through the wind so that the wind changes from one side to the other.

  8. tack(Noun)

    The distance a sailing vessel runs between these maneuvers when working to windward; a board.

  9. tack(Noun)

    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.

  10. tack(Verb)

    To nail with a tack (small nail with a flat head).

  11. tack(Verb)

    To sew/stich with a tack (loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth).

  12. tack(Verb)

    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.

  13. tack(Verb)

    To add something as an extra item.

    to tack (something) onto (something)

  14. tack(Verb)

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

  15. tack(Noun)

    The stickiness of a compound, related to its cohesive and adhesive properties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tack(noun)

    a stain; a tache

  2. Tack(noun)

    a peculiar flavor or taint; as, a musty tack

  3. Tack(noun)

    a small, short, sharp-pointed nail, usually having a broad, flat head

  4. Tack(noun)

    that which is attached; a supplement; an appendix. See Tack, v. t., 3

  5. Tack(verb)

    a rope used to hold in place the foremost lower corners of the courses when the vessel is closehauled (see Illust. of Ship); also, a rope employed to pull the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom

  6. Tack(verb)

    the part of a sail to which the tack is usually fastened; the foremost lower corner of fore-and-aft sails, as of schooners (see Illust. of Sail)

  7. Tack(verb)

    the direction of a vessel in regard to the trim of her sails; as, the starboard tack, or port tack; -- the former when she is closehauled with the wind on her starboard side; hence, the run of a vessel on one tack; also, a change of direction

  8. Tack(verb)

    a contract by which the use of a thing is set, or let, for hire; a lease

  9. Tack(verb)

    confidence; reliance

  10. Tack(verb)

    to fasten or attach

  11. Tack(verb)

    especially, to attach or secure in a slight or hasty manner, as by stitching or nailing; as, to tack together the sheets of a book; to tack one piece of cloth to another; to tack on a board or shingle; to tack one piece of metal to another by drops of solder

  12. Tack(verb)

    in parliamentary usage, to add (a supplement) to a bill; to append; -- often with on or to

  13. Tack(verb)

    to change the direction of (a vessel) when sailing closehauled, by putting the helm alee and shifting the tacks and sails so that she will proceed to windward nearly at right angles to her former course

  14. Tack(verb)

    to change the direction of a vessel by shifting the position of the helm and sails; also (as said of a vessel), to have her direction changed through the shifting of the helm and sails. See Tack, v. t., 4


  1. Tack

    Tack is a term used in sailing that has different meanings in different contexts, variously a part of a sail, and an alignment with the wind. When using the latter sense, the maneuver of turning between starboard and port tack is either tacking or jibing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tack

    tak, n. a short, sharp nail with a broad head: a fastening, a long temporary stitch: the weather clew or foremost lower corner of any of the courses, or of any sail set with a boom or gaff, or of a flag, also the rope by which such clew or tack is confined or fastened: the course of a ship in reference to the position of her sails: a determinate course, the art of tacking, hence a change of policy, a strategical move: a shelf for drying cheese: term of a lease: adhesiveness, sticky condition, as of varnish, &c.—v.t. to attach or fasten, esp. in a slight manner, as by tacks.—v.i. to change the course or tack of a ship by shifting the position of the sails: to shift one's position, to veer.—adj. Tack′y, adhesive, viscous. [Most prob. Celt., Ir. taca, a pin, Bret. tach, a nail.]

  2. Tack

    tak, n. (prov.) any distinctive and permanent flavour.

  3. Tack

    tak, n. food generally, fare, esp. of the bread kind, as hard tack, soft tack, &c.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tack in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Manuel Valls:

    There is no question of changing tack, even if adjustments are always possible.

  2. Austin Nunn:

    That's the good news. The bad news is every single time( Milos Raonic steps) it literally feels like Milos Raonic's stepping on a tack or jellyfish, is the equivalent, milos Raonic is trying to get ready to play the French Open.

  3. Tommy Boy:

    Richard Okay... seatbelts. Just put the little thing into the big thing and... I tell ya what. If you don't know how to fasten your seatbelt, just raise your hand and I'll have Tommy Boy here come back there and hit you in the head with a tack hammer because you're a RETARD

  4. Stephen Colbert:

    The way I was going to approach talking to him about this subject, which I knew he didn’t want to talk about, was people in the movie talk about rumors of sexual impropriety by one of the characters. At like minute 42, one of the characters says ‘can you separate the artist from the rumors about him?’ How would you answer that question? That was going to be my tack.

Images & Illustrations of tack

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Translations for tack

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • křižováníCzech
  • Wende, heften, wendenGerman
  • πρόκαGreek
  • agregar, curso de accion, sujetar, voltejear, rumbo, con, curso, tachuela, añadirSpanish
  • میخPersian
  • nupi, venda, valjaat, kylkiäinen, suunta, luovi, vastakäännös, etukulma, tahmeus, liittää, valjastaa, kursia, halssikulma, satuloida, tehdä, harsinta, satulointi, halssi, vendata, harsia, kurssiFinnish
  • harnais, louvoyer, harnachement, virement lof pour lofFrench
  • מכלבHebrew
  • Korean
  • fooschenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • pine, whakaripiMāori
  • overstag gaanDutch
  • намётка, клёпка, клейкость, кнопка, прикреплять, курс, гвоздик, лавировать, галс, стежок, липкостьRussian
  • nubba, kurs, nubbSwedish
  • atelêye, haerna, atelêyes, haernas, haernaxhmintWalloon

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