tack

A tack is a small, sharp pin or nail with a wide head. You can use tacks to attach your flyers to the telephone poles in your neighborhood.

As a verb, tack means "attach using a tack," and also, simply "add," the way a movie director sometimes tacks on a happy ending to satisfy the audience. In sailing, a tack is a change of course that results in the wind blowing on the opposite side of the boat: "We decided to make a sharp tack to avoid the iceberg." Tack can also refer to a certain rope used in sailing, or to horseback riding equipment.

Primary Meanings of tack

1.
nv
a short nail with a sharp point and a large head
fix to; attach
2.
nv
the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
turn into the wind
3.
n
gear for a horse
4.
v
sew together loosely, with large stitches
Full Definitions of tack
1

n a short nail with a sharp point and a large head

Types:
carpet tack
used to nail down carpets
drawing pin, pushpin, thumbtack
a tack for attaching papers to a bulletin board or drawing board
tintack
tack or small nail of tinned iron
Type of:
nail
a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener

v fix to; attach

Synonyms:
append, hang on, tack on, tag on
Types:
subjoin
add to the end
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v fasten with tacks

tack the notice on the board”
Types:
thumbtack
fasten with thumbtacks
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v create by putting components or members together

“He tacked together some verses”
Synonyms:
assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack together
Antonyms:
break apart, break up, disassemble, dismantle, take apart
take apart into its constituent pieces
Types:
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comfit, confect, confection
make into a confection
confuse, jumble, mix up
assemble without order or sense
reassemble
assemble once again, after taking something apart
configure
set up for a particular purpose
compound
create by mixing or combining
rig up
erect or construct, especially as a temporary measure
addle, muddle, puddle
mix up or confuse
Type of:
bring together, join
cause to become joined or linked
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
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n the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails

Type of:
aim, bearing, heading
the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies

n (nautical) the act of changing tack

Synonyms:
tacking
Type of:
change of course
a change in the direction that you are moving

n sailing a zigzag course

Type of:
sailing
riding in a sailboat

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

Synonyms:
mainsheet, sheet, shroud, weather sheet
Types:
futtock shroud
shroud that is part of a ship's rigging
Type of:
line
something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

v turn into the wind

“The sailors decided to tack the boat”
“The boat tacked
Synonyms:
wear round
Type of:
sail
travel on water propelled by wind

v reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Synonyms:
alternate, flip, flip-flop, interchange, switch
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary
3

n gear for a horse

Synonyms:
saddlery, stable gear
Types:
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bit
piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
caparison, housing, trapping
stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
cinch, girth
stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
hame
stable gear consisting of either of two curved supports that are attached to the collar of a draft horse and that hold the traces
harness
stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
headgear
stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head
martingale
a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girth; prevents the horse from throwing back its head
horse blanket, saddle blanket, saddlecloth
stable gear consisting of a blanket placed under the saddle
yoke
stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team
apishamore
a saddle blanket made of buffalo hide
bar bit
a bit for horses that is a solid bar of metal
bard
an ornamental caparison for a horse
bridle
headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
bridoon
a bit resembling a snaffle bit; used with a separate curb
curb, curb bit
a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
hackamore, halter
rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading
horsecloth
a cloth for the trapping of a horse
Pelham
a bit with a bar mouthpiece that is designed to combine a curb and snaffle
snaffle, snaffle bit
a simple jointed bit for a horse; without a curb
Type of:
appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
4

v sew together loosely, with large stitches

Synonyms:
baste
Type of:
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework

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