tack: Meaning and Definition of
- a short, sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat, broad head.
- a rope for extending the lower forward corner of a course.
- the lower forward corner of a course or fore-and-aft sail. See diag. undersail.
- the heading of a sailing vessel, when sailing close-hauled, with reference to the wind direction.
- a course run obliquely against the wind.
- one of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a ship proceeding to windward.
- a course of action or conduct, esp. one differing from some preceding or other course.
- one of the movements of a zigzag course on land.
- a stitch, esp. a long stitch used in fastening seams, preparatory to a more thorough sewing.
- a fastening, esp. of a temporary kind.
- stickiness, as of nearly dry paint or glue or of a printing ink or gummed tape; adhesiveness.
- the gear used in equipping a horse, including saddle, bridle, martingale, etc.
- under a misapprehension; in error; astray: His line of questioning began on the wrong tack.
- to fasten by a tack or tacks: to tack a rug to the floor.
- to secure by some slight or temporary fastening.
- to join together; unite; combine.
- to attach as something supplementary; append; annex (often fol. by on or onto).
- to change the course of (a sailing vessel) to the opposite tack.
- to navigate (a sailing vessel) by a series of tacks.
- to equip (a horse) with tack.
- He ordered us to tack at once.
- to change the course of a sailing vessel by bringing the head into the wind and then causing it to fall off on the other side:He ordered us to tack at once.
- (of a sailing vessel) to change course in this way.
- to proceed to windward by a series of courses as close to the wind as the vessel will sail.
- to take or follow a zigzag course or route.
- to change one's course of action, conduct, ideas, etc.
- to equip a horse with tack (usually fol. by up): Please tack up quickly.
- food; fare.
— n. Scot. and North Eng.
- a lease, esp. on farmland.
- a rented pasture.
- a catch, haul, or take of fish.
- tack (Thesaurus)