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English Dictionary: tack by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
  2. a short nail with a sharp point and a large head
  3. gear for a horse
    Synonym(s): stable gear, saddlery, tack
  4. (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
    Synonym(s): sheet, tack, mainsheet, weather sheet, shroud
  5. (nautical) the act of changing tack
    Synonym(s): tack, tacking
  6. sailing a zigzag course
  1. fasten with tacks; "tack the notice on the board"
  2. turn into the wind; "The sailors decided to tack the boat"; "The boat tacked"
    Synonym(s): tack, wear round
  3. create by putting components or members together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"; "They set up a committee"
    Synonym(s): assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
    Antonym(s): break apart, break up, disassemble, dismantle, take apart
  4. sew together loosely, with large stitches; "baste a hem"
    Synonym(s): baste, tack
  5. fix to; attach; "append a charm to the necklace"
    Synonym(s): append, tag on, tack on, tack, hang on
  6. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
    Synonym(s): interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip- flop
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tack \Tack\, n. [From an old or dialectal form of F. tache. See
      1. A stain; a tache. [Obs.]
      2. [Cf. L. tactus.] A peculiar flavor or taint; as, a musty
            tack. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Drayton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tack \Tack\, n. [OE. tak, takke, a fastening; akin to D. tak a
      branch, twig, G. zacke a twig, prong, spike, Dan. takke a
      tack, spike; cf. also Sw. tagg prickle, point, Icel. t[be]g a
      willow twig, Ir. taca a peg, nail, fastening, Gael. tacaid,
      Armor. & Corn. tach; perhaps akin to E. take. Cf. {Attach},
      {Attack}, {Detach}, {Tag} an end, {Zigzag}.]
      1. A small, short, sharp-pointed nail, usually having a
            broad, flat head.
      2. That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix. See
            {Tack}, v. t., 3. --Macaulay.
                     Some tacks had been made to money bills in King
                     Charles's time.                                 --Bp. Burnet.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tack \Tack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tacked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Tacking}.] [Cf. OD. tacken to touch, take, seize, fix, akin
      to E. take. See {Tack} a small nail.]
      1. To fasten or attach. [bd]In hopes of getting some
            commendam tacked to their sees.[b8] --Swift.
                     And tacks the center to the sphere.   --Herbert.
      2. Especially, to attach or secure in a slight or hasty
            manner, as by stitching or nailing; as, to tack together
            the sheets of a book; to tack one piece of cloth to
            another; to tack on a board or shingle; to tack one piece
            of metal to another by drops of solder.
      3. In parliamentary usage, to add (a supplement) to a bill;
            to append; -- often with on or to. --Macaulay.
      4. (Naut.) To change the direction of (a vessel) when sailing
            closehauled, by putting the helm alee and shifting the
            tacks and sails so that she will proceed to windward
            nearly at right angles to her former course.
      Note: In tacking, a vessel is brought to point at first
               directly to windward, and then so that the wind will
               blow against the other side.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tack \Tack\, v. i. (Naut.)
      To change the direction of a vessel by shifting the position
      of the helm and sails; also (as said of a vessel), to have
      her direction changed through the shifting of the helm and
      sails. See {Tack}, v. t., 4.
               Monk, . . . when he wanted his ship to tack to
               larboard, moved the mirth of his crew by calling out,
               [bd]Wheel to the left.[b8]                     --Macaulay.
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