tack

1
[tak]
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. tacitean,
  2. tacitly,
  3. taciturn,
  4. taciturnity,
  5. tacitus,
  6. tack claw,
  7. tack hammer,
  8. tack rag,
  9. tack room,
  10. tack welding

Idioms

    on the wrong tack, under a misapprehension; in error; astray: His line of questioning began on the wrong tack.

Origin of tack

1
1300–50; (noun) Middle English tak buckle, clasp, nail (later, tack); cognate with German Zacke prong, Dutch tak twig; (v.) Middle English tacken to attach, derivative of the noun; see tache, attach

SYNONYMS FOR tack
Related formstack·er, nountack·less, adjective

Can be confusedtack tact track tracttacks tax

tack

2
[tak]

noun

food; fare.

Origin of tack

2
First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

tack

3
[tak]

noun Scot. and North England.

a lease, especially on farmland.
a rented pasture.
a catch, haul, or take of fish.

Origin of tack

3
1250–1300; Middle English tak < Old Norse tak goods, seizure, grasp. See take

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British Dictionary definitions for tacks

tack

1

noun

a short sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat and comparatively large head
British a long loose temporary stitch used in dressmaking, etc
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
nautical
  1. a course sailed by a sailing vessel with the wind blowing from forward of the beam
  2. one such course or a zigzag pattern of such courses
nautical
  1. a sheet for controlling the weather clew of a course
  2. 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

verb

(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
Derived Formstackless, adjective

Word Origin for tack

C14 tak fastening, nail; related to Middle Low German tacke pointed instrument

tack

2

noun

informal food, esp when regarded as inferior or distastefulSee also hardtack

Word Origin for tack

C19: of unknown origin

tack

3

noun

  1. riding harness for horses, such as saddles, bridles, etc
  2. (as modifier)the tack room

Word Origin for tack

C20: shortened from tackle

tack

4

noun Scot

a lease
an area of land held on a lease

Word Origin for tack

C15: from tak a Scots word for take

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Word Origin and History for tacks
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Idioms and Phrases with tacks

tack

see get down to brass tacks; on the right tack; sharp as a tack.

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