What does tackle mean?

Definitions for tackle
ˈtæk əl; for 2-4 ˈteɪ kəltack·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tackle(noun)

    the person who plays that position on a football team

    "the right tackle is a straight A student"

  2. rigging, tackle(noun)

    gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails

  3. fishing gear, tackle, fishing tackle, fishing rig, rig(noun)

    gear used in fishing

  4. tackle(noun)

    (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage

    "it takes a big man to play tackle"

  5. tackle(verb)

    (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground

  6. undertake, tackle, take on(verb)

    accept as a challenge

    "I'll tackle this difficult task"

  7. harness, tackle(verb)

    put a harness

    "harness the horse"

  8. tackle(verb)

    seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball


  1. tackle(Noun)

    A system of ropes and blocks used to increase the force applied to the free end of the rope.

  2. tackle(Noun)

    Equipment (rod, reel, line, lure, etc.) used when angling.

  3. tackle(Noun)

    By extension, any piece of equipment, particularly gadgetry.

  4. tackle(Noun)

    A play where a player attempts to take control over the ball from an opponent, as in rugby or football.

  5. tackle(Noun)

    A play where a defender brings the ball carrier to the ground.

  6. tackle(Noun)

    Any instance in which one person forces another to the ground.

  7. tackle(Noun)

    The offensive positions between each guard and end, offensive tackle.

  8. tackle(Noun)

    A person playing that position.

  9. tackle(Noun)

    The defensive positions between two ends, defensive tackle.

  10. tackle(Verb)

    to face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down

    The government's measures to tackle crime were insufficient.

  11. tackle(Verb)

    to attempt to take away a ball

  12. tackle(Verb)

    to bring a ball carrier to the ground

  13. tackle(Noun)

    A person playing that position.

  14. tackle(Noun)


  15. Origin: From takel, from or takel, perhaps related to taken. Akin to takkel, tackel. More at take.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tackle(noun)

    apparatus for raising or lowering heavy weights, consisting of a rope and pulley blocks; sometimes, the rope and attachments, as distinct from the block

  2. Tackle(noun)

    any instruments of action; an apparatus by which an object is moved or operated; gear; as, fishing tackle, hunting tackle; formerly, specifically, weapons

  3. Tackle(noun)

    the rigging and apparatus of a ship; also, any purchase where more than one block is used

  4. Tackle(noun)

    to supply with tackle

  5. Tackle(noun)

    to fasten or attach, as with a tackle; to harness; as, to tackle a horse into a coach or wagon

  6. Tackle(noun)

    to seize; to lay hold of; to grapple; as, a wrestler tackles his antagonist; a dog tackles the game

  7. Tackle(noun)

    to begin to deal with; as, to tackle the problem


  1. Tackle

    Tackle is a playing position in American and Canadian football. Historically, in the one-platoon system a tackle played on both offense and defense. In the modern system of specialized units, offensive tackle and defensive tackle are separate positions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tackle

    tak′l, n. the ropes, rigging, &c. of a ship: tools, weapons: ropes, &c., for raising heavy weights: a pulley.—v.t. to harness: (prov.) to seize or take hold of, attack, fasten upon.—v.i. to get a hold of.—adj. Tack′led, made of ropes tackled together.—ns. Tack′ling, furniture or apparatus belonging to the masts, yards, &c. of a ship: harness for drawing a carriage: tackle or instruments; Tacks′man, a tenant or lessee. [Scand., Sw. tackel—Ice. taka, to take.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tackle

    A purchase formed by the connection of a fall, or rope, with two or more blocks. When a power sustains a weight by a rope over a fixed sheave, the weight and power will be equal; but if one end of the rope be fixed, and the sheave be movable with the weight, then the power will be but half the weight; but in a combination of sheaves, or pulleys, the power will be to the weight as 1 to the numbers of parts of the fall.--Ground-tackle. Anchors, cables, &c.--Tack-tackle. A small tackle used to pull down the tacks of the principal sails to their respective stations, and particularly attached to the main-sails of brigs, sloops, cutters, and schooners.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tackle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4776

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tackle' in Verbs Frequency: #561

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tackle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tackle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of tackle in a Sentence

  1. Paul Ryan:

    My farmers want us to tackle immigration.

  2. Zahid Maleque:

    We need concerted effort to tackle the crisis.

  3. Luke Raven:

    China's on the hit list to tackle in the near future.

  4. Anthony Marchese:

    Prior administrations didn’t want to tackle the issue.

  5. Hugh Jackman:

    You can't tackle climate change until you tackle poverty.

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  • عربيArabic
  • справям сеBulgarian
  • placar, placatge, entradaCatalan, Valencian
  • takling, talje, tacklingDanish
  • Tackling, der Flaschenzug, in Angriff nehmenGerman
  • αντιμετωπίζωGreek
  • aparejo, afrontar, abordar, emprender, tacleada, taclear, equipoSpanish
  • taklata, hyökkäävä linjamies, puolustava linjamies, onkivehkeet, taklaus, taljasto, torjuaFinnish
  • takkling, takklaFaroese
  • combattre, plaquer, plaquage, affronter, tacler, tacleFrench
  • szerelésHungarian
  • placcaggio, scivolata, affrontare, contrastare, tackleItalian
  • להתמודד עםHebrew
  • aanpakkenDutch
  • zmagać się, radzić sobie, stawiać czołaPolish
  • derrubarPortuguese
  • таль, бороться, преодолевать, снастиRussian
  • pribor za pecanje, latiti se, ribarski pribor, prionutiSerbo-Croatian
  • talja, tackla, tacklingSwedish
  • ele almakTurkish
  • 滑車Chinese

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