tack meaning

[ tæk ] Pronunciation:   "tack" in a sentence
Verb: tack  tak
  1. Fasten with tacks
    "tack the notice on the board" 
  2. Turn into the wind
    "The sailors decided to tack the boat"; "The boat tacked"
    - wear round 
  3. Create by putting components or members together
    "He tacked together some verses"
    - assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack together 
  4. Sew together loosely, with large stitches
    - baste 
  5. Fix to; attach
    - append, tag on, tack on, hang on 
  6. Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
    - interchange, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop
Noun: tack  tak
  1. The heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails 
  2. A short nail with a sharp point and a large head 
  3. Gear for a horse
    - stable gear, saddlery 
  4. (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
    - sheet, mainsheet, weather sheet, shroud 
  5. (nautical) the act of changing tack
    - tacking 
  6. Sailing a zigzag course

Derived forms: tacks, tacked, tacking

See also: tacker

Type of: aim, appurtenance, attach, bearing, bring together, change by reversal, change of course, create, fasten, fix, gear, heading, join, line, make, nail, paraphernalia, reverse, run up, sail, sailing, secure, sew, sew together, stitch, turn

Part of: ship

Encyclopedia: Tack


A strip of metal, usually lead or copper, used as a clip to secure the edges of metal items in roof construction, such as flashings.


A short, sharp-pointed nail.


The property of an adhesive that enables it to form a bond of measurable strength immediately after the adhesive and adherend are brought into contact under low pressure.


To glue, weld, or otherwise fasten in spots rather than in a continuous line.



tack sth on; tack sth onto sth


to add sth to sth that is already there:

An update chapter has been tacked on at the end of the latest edition of the manual.

2 (Stock Exchange ) (especially AmE)

if a share price tacks on an amount, it increases by that amount:

U.S. Electric tacked on 3 per cent to $20.95.

[Design engineering]
"A small, sharp-pointed nail with a broad flat head."


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  1. it would be unwise to change tack now.
  2. they tack a truck onto the passenger train.
  3. why, now she's on the other tack!
  4. let's get down to brass tacks.
  5. the ship is on the offshore tack and the wind may fail us.

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