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Meaning & Definition of Tack in English

English

Tack

/tæk/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • tack

2. A short nail with a sharp point and a large head

    synonym:
  • tack

3. Gear for a horse

    synonym:
  • stable gear
  • ,
  • saddlery
  • ,
  • tack

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

    synonym:
  • sheet
  • ,
  • tack
  • ,
  • mainsheet
  • ,
  • weather sheet
  • ,
  • shroud

5. (nautical) the act of changing tack

    synonym:
  • tack
  • ,
  • tacking

6. Sailing a zigzag course

    synonym:
  • tack

verb

1. Fasten with tacks

  • "Tack the notice on the board"
    synonym:
  • tack

2. Turn into the wind

  • "The sailors decided to tack the boat"
  • "The boat tacked"
    synonym:
  • tack
  • ,
  • wear round

3. Create by putting components or members together

  • "She pieced a quilt"
  • "He tacked together some verses"
  • "They set up a committee"
    synonym:
  • assemble
  • ,
  • piece
  • ,
  • put together
  • ,
  • set up
  • ,
  • tack
  • ,
  • tack together

4. Sew together loosely, with large stitches

  • "Baste a hem"
    synonym:
  • baste
  • ,
  • tack

5. Fix to

  • Attach
  • "Append a charm to the necklace"
    synonym:
  • append
  • ,
  • tag on
  • ,
  • tack on
  • ,
  • tack
  • ,
  • hang on

6. Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

    synonym:
  • interchange
  • ,
  • tack
  • ,
  • switch
  • ,
  • alternate
  • ,
  • flip
  • ,
  • flip-flop

Examples of using

The mind always loves to tack on to something, and when it doesn't have anything good for that purpose, it turns to the evil.