- 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.
- 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, especially one differing from some preceding or other course.
- one of the movements of a zigzag course on land.
- a stitch, especially a long stitch used in fastening seams, preparatory to a more thorough sewing.
- a fastening, especially 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.
- 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 followed 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.
- 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 followed by up): Please tack up quickly.
- on the wrong tack, under a misapprehension; in error; astray: His line of questioning began on the wrong tack.
Origin of tack1
Synonyms for tack
Related Words for tackedtangent, stitch, pin, affix, nail, fasten, paste, bearing, swerve, digression, zigzag, sweep, set, bend, yaw, siding, way, approach, method, deviation
Examples from the Web for tacked
Contemporary Examples of tacked
In his case, the field-to-glass movement should have “and back to field, again” tacked onto the end.People for the Ethical Treatment of Vodka
Debra A. Klein
July 23, 2014
Baher Mohamed had three more years tacked onto his sentence because he had in his possession a bullet fired at a protest.Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists
June 23, 2014
That Hollywood ending was a re-shoot, tacked on to the end of a brilliant psychological thriller by nervous studio executives.Return of the Bunny Boiler: Fatal Attraction’s World Stage Premiere
March 26, 2014
The whole experience has chastened the Florida freshman, who has tacked right on every issue since.Six Events From 2013 That Will Affect the 2016 White House Race
December 18, 2013
Over the past several weeks, on issue after issue, Romney has modulated his tone as he has tacked to the center.Mitt Romney's Iowa Problem
November 6, 2012
Historical Examples of tacked
The Foam put her helm down, and tacked beautifully to the south-east.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
The Avenger also tacked and kept close under the frigate's counter.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
And once he bought a cheap print of Jeremiah which he tacked on the wall of his cellar.The Book of Khalid
Tacked to the inside of the roof of the house was a long envelope.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
A card, tacked up on the wall, tempted the appetite with its list of sea foods.Glory of Youth
- a short sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat and comparatively large head
- British a long loose temporary stitch used in dressmaking, etc
- See tailor's-tack
- a temporary fastening
- stickiness, as of newly applied paint, varnish, etc
- nautical the heading of a vessel sailing to windward, stated in terms of the side of the sail against which the wind is pressing
- 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
- a sheet for controlling the weather clew of a course
- the weather clew itself
- nautical the forward lower clew of a fore-and-aft sail
- a course of action differing from some previous coursehe went off on a fresh tack
- on the wrong tack under a false impression
- (tr) to secure by a tack or series of tacks
- British to sew (something) with long loose temporary stitches
- (tr) to attach or appendtack this letter onto the other papers
- nautical to change the heading of (a sailing vessel) to the opposite tack
- nautical to steer (a sailing vessel) on alternate tacks
- (intr) nautical (of a sailing vessel) to proceed on a different tack or to alternate tacks
- (intr) to follow a zigzag route; keep changing one's course of action
Word Origin for tack
- informal food, esp when regarded as inferior or distastefulSee also hardtack
Word Origin for tack
- riding harness for horses, such as saddles, bridles, etc
- (as modifier)the tack room
Word Origin for tack
- a lease
- an area of land held on a lease
Word Origin for tack
"clasp, hook, fastener," also "a nail of some kind," late 13c., from Old North French taque "nail, pin, peg," probably from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch tacke "twig, spike," Low German takk "tine, pointed thing," German Zacken "sharp point, tooth, prong"); perhaps related to tail. Meaning "small, sharp nail with a flat head" is attested from mid-15c. The meaning "rope to hold the corner of a sail in place" is first recorded late 14c.
"horse's harness, etc.," 1924, shortening of tackle (n.) in sense of "equipment." Tack in a non-equestrian sense as a shortening of tackle is recorded in dialect from 1777.
"food," 1833, perhaps a shortening and special use of tackle (n.) in the sense of "gear."
late 14c., "to attach with a nail, etc.," from tack (n.1). Meaning "to attach as a supplement" (with suggestion of hasty or arbitrary proceeding) is from 1680s. Related: Tacked; tacking.
"sail into the wind," 1550s, from tack (n.1) in the sailing sense. Figurative sense of "course or line of conduct or action" is from 1670s. Related: Tacked; tacking.
see get down to brass tacks; on the right tack; sharp as a tack.