What does tackle mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tacklenoun

    the person who plays that position on a football team

    "the right tackle is a straight A student"

  2. rigging, tacklenoun

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

  3. fishing gear, tackle, fishing tackle, fishing rig, rignoun

    gear used in fishing

  4. tacklenoun

    (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage

    "it takes a big man to play tackle"

  5. tackleverb

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

  6. undertake, tackle, take onverb

    accept as a challenge

    "I'll tackle this difficult task"

  7. harness, tackleverb

    put a harness

    "harness the horse"

  8. tackleverb

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


  1. tacklenoun

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

  2. tacklenoun

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

  3. tacklenoun

    By extension, any piece of equipment, particularly gadgetry.

  4. tacklenoun

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

  5. tacklenoun

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

  6. tacklenoun

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

  7. tacklenoun

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

  8. tacklenoun

    A person playing that position.

  9. tacklenoun

    The defensive positions between two ends, defensive tackle.

  10. tackleverb

    to face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down

    The government's measures to tackle crime were insufficient.

  11. tackleverb

    to attempt to take away a ball

  12. tackleverb

    to bring a ball carrier to the ground

  13. tacklenoun


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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tacklenoun

    Etymology: tacel, Welsh, an arrow.

    The takil smote and in it went. Geoffrey Chaucer.

    She to her tackle fell,
    And on the knight let fall a peal
    Of blows so fierce, and press’d so home,
    That he retir’d. Hudibras, p. i.

    Being at work without catching any thing, he resolved to take up his tackle and be gone. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    After at sea a tall ship did appear,
    Made all of Heben and white ivory,
    The sails of gold, of silk the tackle were,
    Mild was the wind, calm seem’d the sea to be. Edmund Spenser.

    At the helm
    A seeming mermaid steers; the silken tackles
    Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands
    That yarely frame the office. William Shakespeare.

    Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face
    Bears a command in’t; though thy tackle ’s torn,
    Thou shew’st a noble vessel. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    A stately ship
    With all her bravery on, and tackle trim,
    Sails fill’d, and streamers waving,
    Courted by all the winds that hold them play. John Milton.

    Ere yet the tempest roars
    Stand to your tackle, mates, and stretch your oars. Dryden.

    If he drew the figure of a ship, there was not a rope among the tackle that escaped him. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. tackle

    Tackle has various uses and meanings depending upon the context. 1) In sports like football or rugby, to tackle means to stop an opponent who has the ball by using your body to knock them down. 2) In fishing, the term tackle refers to the equipment used, such as hooks, lines, rods, baits etc. 3) In a more general context, to tackle means to confront or take on a task or problem, usually one that is difficult or complex. 4) It can also refer to the physical equipment or gear, especially in a trade or for a specified purpose like sailing tackle. 5) In American football, 'tackle' is also a position on the offense and defense lines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tacklenoun

    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. Tacklenoun

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

  3. Tacklenoun

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

  4. Tacklenoun

    to supply with tackle

  5. Tacklenoun

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

  6. Tacklenoun

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

  7. Tacklenoun

    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. Arne Duncan:

    We have to get to a better place, we have to do it together. We have to build the kind of teamwork and camaraderie to tackle these hard problems together.

  2. Chief Executive Joe Kaeser:

    But in a temporary crisis, there's no question: we will get through it together. And when the crisis is over, and things are picking up again, we'll tackle it together.

  3. Carlos Rivera:

    There’s a clear lack of institutional will to tackle the issue.

  4. Matthew Myers:

    This is the first time there's ever been a serious discussion with a commitment from the highest levels of government to tackle tobacco in a way that is transformative, it will transform public health in the United States and literally do more to reduce cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease than any other set of actions the government could take.

  5. Carly Fiorina:

    There are so many families who have gone through this or are going through this. And it is an epidemic now in so many parts of our country, we don't invest enough in its treatment. We need to tackle criminal justice reform. Anyone who's gone through this knows that this is strategic.

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