ground tackle

  1. equipment, as anchors, chains, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings.

Origin of ground tackle

First recorded in 1550–60

Words Nearby ground tackle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ground tackle in a sentence

  • It blew a howling gale that night, but the place was safe enough, with good ground-tackle.

    The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers
  • But apart from the folly of it, there were none of the ships that had ground tackle left that was fit to hold a cat.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon | Walter Runciman
  • Captain Truck nodded, and proceeded to look into the condition of his ground-tackle.

    Homeward Bound | James Fenimore Cooper
  • She is moored to withstand the strongest gales, and cannot readily disengage her heavy ground-tackle.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms | David W. Bone
  • But all anchors, cables, and ground tackle generally may be removed on payment of 250 dols.