Definition of Tack in English :

Define Tack in English

Tack meaning in English

Meaning of Tack in English

Pronunciation of Tack in English

Tack pronunciation in English

Pronounce Tack in English


see synonyms of tack


1. tack

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

2. tack

a short nail with a sharp point and a large head

3. saddlery, stable gear, tack

gear for a horse

4. mainsheet, sheet, shroud, tack, weather sheet

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

5. tack, tacking

(nautical) the act of changing tack

6. tack

sailing a zigzag course


7. tack

fasten with tacks

Example Sentences:
'tack the notice on the board'

8. tack, wear round

turn into the wind

Example Sentences:
'The sailors decided to tack the boat'
'The boat tacked'

9. assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together

create by putting components or members together

Example Sentences:
'She pieced a quilt'
'He tacked together some verses'
'They set up a committee'

10. baste, tack

sew together loosely, with large stitches

Example Sentences:
'baste a hem'

11. append, hang on, tack, tack on, tag on

fix to; attach

Example Sentences:
'append a charm to the necklace'

12. alternate, flip, flip-flop, interchange, switch, tack

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

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of tack
a short sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat and comparatively large head
2. British
a long loose temporary stitch used in dressmaking, etc
3.  tailor's-tack
a temporary fastening
stickiness, as of newly applied paint, varnish, etc
6. nautical
the heading of a vessel sailing to windward, stated in terms of the side of the sail against which the wind is pressing
7. nautical
a course sailed by a sailing vessel with the wind blowing from forward of the beam
one such course or a zigzag pattern of such courses
8. nautical
a sheet for controlling the weather clew of a course
the weather clew itself
9. nautical
the forward lower clew of a fore-and-aft sail
a course of action differing from some previous course
he went off on a fresh tack
11.  on the wrong tack
12. (transitive)
to secure by a tack or series of tacks
13. British
to sew (something) with long loose temporary stitches
14. (transitive)
to attach or append
tack this letter onto the other papers
15. nautical
to change the heading of (a sailing vessel) to the opposite tack
16. nautical
to steer (a sailing vessel) on alternate tacks
17. (intransitive) nautical
(of a sailing vessel) to proceed on a different tack or to alternate tacks
18. (intransitive)
to follow a zigzag route; keep changing one's course of action
food, esp when regarded as inferior or distasteful
See also hardtack
riding harness for horses, such as saddles, bridles, etc
(as modifier)
the tack room
noun Scottish
a lease
an area of land held on a lease

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see synonyms of tack
a short nail or pin, with a narrow shaft that is not tapered and a relatively large, flat head
the act of fastening, esp. in a slight or temporary way
b.  Sewing
a stitch for marking darts, etc. from a pattern, clipped and later removed
: in full tailor's tack
stickiness; adhesiveness
a zigzag course, or movement in such a course
a course of action or policy, esp. one differing from another or a preceding course
food; foodstuff
6.  Nautical
a rope for securing the forward lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail
this corner
the direction in which a vessel is moving in relation to the position of the sails
a change of direction in which the sail or sails shift from one side of the vessel to the other
a course against the wind
any of a series of zigzag movements in such a course
equipment for riding a horse, as saddles, bridles, etc.; saddlery
verb transitive
to fasten or attach with tacks
to attach temporarily, as by sewing with long stitches
to attach as a supplement; add
to tack an amendment onto a bill
11.  Horse Riding
to put a saddle, bridle, etc. on (a horse)
often with up
12.  Nautical
to change the course of (a vessel) by turning its bow into and across the wind
see also wear2
to maneuver (a vessel) against the wind by a series of tacks
verb intransitive
13.  Nautical
to tack a sailing vessel
to change its course by being tacked, or sail against the wind by a series of tacks
said of a sailing vessel
to go in a zigzag course
to change suddenly one's policy or course of action

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of tack
Food, especially coarse or inferior foodstuffs.
The harness for a horse, including the bridle and saddle.
1. A short, light nail with a sharp point and a flat head.
2. Nautical
a. A rope for holding down the weather clew of a course.
b. A rope for hauling the outer lower corner of a studdingsail to the boom.
c. The part of a sail, such as the weather clew of a course, to which this rope is fastened.
d. The lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
3. Nautical
a. The position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails.
b. The act of changing from one position or direction to another.
c. The distance or leg sailed between changes of position or direction.
4. An approach to accomplishing a goal or a method of dealing with a problem.
5. A large, loose stitch made as a temporary binding or as a marker.
6. Stickiness, as that of a newly painted surface.
v. tacked, tack·ing, tacks
1. To fasten or attach with a tack or tacks: tacked the carpet down.
2. To fasten or mark (cloth or a seam, for example) with a loose basting stitch.
3. To put together loosely and arbitrarily: tacked some stories together in an attempt to write a novel.
4. To add as an extra item; append: tacked two dollars onto the bill.
5. Nautical To bring (a vessel) into the wind in order to change course or direction.
1. Nautical
a. To change the direction of a sailing vessel, especially by turning the bow into and past the direction of the wind: Stand by to tack.
b. To sail a zigzag course upwind by repeatedly executing such a maneuver.
c. To change tack: The ship tacked to starboard.
2. To change one's course of action.

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