Meaning of tack

tack

Pronunciation: (tak), [key]
— n.
  1. a short, sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat, broad head.
    1. a rope for extending the lower forward corner of a course.
    2. the lower forward corner of a course or fore-and-aft sail. See diag. undersail.
    3. the heading of a sailing vessel, when sailing close-hauled, with reference to the wind direction.
    4. a course run obliquely against the wind.
    5. one of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a ship proceeding to windward.
  2. a course of action or conduct, esp. one differing from some preceding or other course.
  3. one of the movements of a zigzag course on land.
  4. a stitch, esp. a long stitch used in fastening seams, preparatory to a more thorough sewing.
  5. a fastening, esp. of a temporary kind.
  6. stickiness, as of nearly dry paint or glue or of a printing ink or gummed tape; adhesiveness.
  7. the gear used in equipping a horse, including saddle, bridle, martingale, etc.
  8. under a misapprehension; in error; astray: His line of questioning began on the wrong tack.
—v.t.
  1. to fasten by a tack or tacks: to tack a rug to the floor.
  2. to secure by some slight or temporary fastening.
  3. to join together; unite; combine.
  4. to attach as something supplementary; append; annex (often fol. by on or onto).
    1. to change the course of (a sailing vessel) to the opposite tack.
    2. to navigate (a sailing vessel) by a series of tacks.
  5. to equip (a horse) with tack.
—v.i.
  1. He ordered us to tack at once.
    1. 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.
    2. (of a sailing vessel) to change course in this way.
    3. to proceed to windward by a series of courses as close to the wind as the vessel will sail.
  2. to take or follow a zigzag course or route.
  3. to change one's course of action, conduct, ideas, etc.
  4. to equip a horse with tack (usually fol. by up): Please tack up quickly.

tack

Pronunciation: (tak), [key]
— n.
  1. food; fare.

tack

Pronunciation: (tak), [key]
— n. Scot. and North Eng.
  1. a lease, esp. on farmland.
  2. a rented pasture.
  3. a catch, haul, or take of fish.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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