- equipment, apparatus, or gear, especially for fishing: fishing tackle.
- a mechanism or apparatus, as a rope and block or a combination of ropes and blocks, for hoisting, lowering, and shifting objects or materials; purchase.
- any system of leverage using several pulleys.
- Nautical. the gear and running rigging for handling a ship or performing some task on a ship.
- an act of tackling, as in football; a seizing, grasping, or bringing down.
- either of the linemen stationed between a guard and an end.
- the position played by this lineman.
- (formerly) tack1(def 8).
- to undertake to handle, master, solve, etc.: to tackle a difficult problem.
- to deal with (a person) on some problem, issue, etc.
- to harness (a horse).
- Football. to seize, stop, or throw down (a ball-carrier).
- Soccer, Field Hockey. to block or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent having the ball) with the result of depriving the opponent of the ball.
- to seize suddenly, especially in order to stop.
- Football. to tackle an opponent having the ball.
Origin of tackle
Examples from the Web for tackle
But there was still a paper to get out in Washington, and I went there late in the afternoon to tackle the dismal job.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
It was inspiration enough to help us tackle the usually dreaded summer to fall wardrobe transition.New York Fashion Week's Style on the Streets
September 11, 2014
What were the biggest hurdles for you on The Sopranos as far as storylines to tackle, or storylines to wrap up?David Chase on Tony Soprano’s Fate, the State of TV, and Why He Couldn’t Finish ‘True Detective’
September 4, 2014
India has little or nothing to contribute to American efforts to tackle the crises in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq.John Kerry Just Visited. But Should We Just Forget About India?
August 3, 2014
Directed by Michael Dowse, What If, in select theaters Aug. 8, sees Radcliffe tackle his most “adult” role to date: romcom lead.Daniel Radcliffe on Sex, ‘Harry Potter,’ and Complicated Relationships
July 23, 2014
They were quick enough in putting these to; yet how they managed it with their tackle, I know not.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Then I made up my mind I'd tackle you and keep at it till I got to know you.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Well, you wait and see how I'll tackle these this very evening.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
Mr. Bud proposed that they should go down to the saloon and "tackle the soup."The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
You wouldn't much like to tackle him in argeyment, I'm thinking, sir.'Barnaby Rudge
- any mechanical system for lifting or pulling, esp an arrangement of ropes and pulleys designed to lift heavy weights
- the equipment required for a particular occupation, etcfishing tackle
- nautical the halyards and other running rigging aboard a vessel
- slang a man's genitals
- sport a physical challenge to an opponent, as to prevent his progress with the ball
- American football a defensive lineman
- (tr) to undertake (a task, problem, etc)
- (tr) to confront (a person, esp an opponent) with a difficult proposition
- sport (esp in football games) to challenge (an opponent) with a tackle
Word Origin and History for tackle
mid-13c., "apparatus, gear," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German takel "the rigging of a ship," perhaps related to Middle Dutch taken "grasp, seize" (see take (v.)), or perhaps from root of tack (n.1). Meaning "apparatus for fishing" is recorded from late 14c. The noun meaning "act of tackling" in the sporting sense is recorded from 1876 (see tackle (v.)); as the name of a position in North American football, it is recorded from 1884.
mid-14c., "entangle, involve," from tackle (n.). Sense of "to furnish (a ship) with tackles" is from c.1400; meaning "to harness a horse" is recorded from 1714. The meaning "lay hold of, come to grips with, attack" is attested from 1828, described by Webster that year as "a common popular use of the word in New England, though not elegant;" figurative sense of "try to deal with" (a task or problem) is from 1840. The verb in the sporting sense first recorded 1867. Related: Tackled; tackling.