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Noun: tack  tak
  1. A short nail with a sharp point and a large head
     
  2. The heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
     
  3. (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
     
  4. (nautical) the act of changing tack
    - tacking
     
  5. An approach or course of action, esp. a new one
    "He stopped for a moment, collecting his thoughts, before deciding to try a different tack"
     
  6. Gear for a horse
    - stable gear, saddlery
Verb: tack  tak
  1. Fasten with tacks
    "tack the notice on the board"
     
  2. (boat) 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
    "tack a hem";
    - 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

Derived forms: tacking, tacked, tacks

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

Part of: ship

Encyclopedia: Tack