AskDefine | Define tack

Dictionary Definition



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 [syn: stable gear, saddlery]
4 (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind [syn: sheet, mainsheet, weather sheet, shroud]
5 (nautical) the act of changing tack [syn: 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" [syn: wear round]
3 make by putting pieces together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses" [syn: assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack together] [ant: disassemble]
4 sew together loosely, with large stitches; "baste a hem" [syn: baste]
5 fix to; attach; "append a charm to the necklace" [syn: append, tag on, tack on, hang on]
6 reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) [syn: interchange, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop]

User Contributed Dictionary



RP & US: /tæk/


  1. small nail with a flat head
  2. loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth
  3. Part of a sail (Wikipedia) specifically the lower corner on the leading edge of the sail relative to the direction of the wind.
  4. Direction, hence approach try a different tack. Specifically a course or direction that enables the vessel to head upwind. See also reach, gybe.
  5. Part of the harnessing for a draft animal or riding animal, e.g. a horse pulling a wagon, or a riding horse. Includes bit, bridle and reins.
  6. The stickiness of a compound, related to its cohesive and adhesive properties.


small nail
loose seam
nautical direction
To be checked (remove this section when all entries listed below have been checked):


  1. to nail with a tack (small nail with a flat head)
  2. to sew/stich with a tack (loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth)
  3. to manoeuver a sailing vessel upwind by alternating the course of the vessel in relation to the wind (Wikipedia); antonym to wear, changing tack (direction), also figuratively
  4. expression, "tack (something) onto (something)", something added as an extra item (implied as with #1 or #2)
  5. to place riding tack on a horse


to nail with tacks
to stitch
to sail upwind

Related terms

See also



  1. Lease, tenancy
  2. The period of such a contract
  3. A leasehold esp. the tenure of a land or a farm.



Related to thank and danke with a common older origin. Cognates include Danish tak and Icelandic and Norwegian takk.




  1. thanks, please

Extensive Definition

Tack may refer to:
  • Tack, a type of cut nail, used in upholstery, shoe making and saddle manufacture
  • Horse tack, harness and equipment to allow horse-back riding
  • Tack (sewing) (also baste or pin), quick, temporary stitching intended to be removed
  • Hardtack, a hard cracker or biscuit used for food on sea voyages and during the American Civil War
  • Thumbtack or drawing pin, a short nail or pin easily placed and removed by hand
  • Augustus Vincent Tack (1870-1949), American painter
  • In sailing:
  • Scottish lease
Tack can also mean:
  • Adhesiveness, a technical measure of the stickiness of glue or ink (measured by an "inkometer")
  • Blu Tack, a reusable putty-like pressure-sensitive adhesive used for attaching paper items to walls
  • "Tack" or "tacky" refers to cheap goods, and possibly derives from poor quality stitching which causes the goods to fall apart prematurely
  • Slang for cannabis
tack in Polish: Hals

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

MO, aberrancy, aberration, about ship, affix, algorithm, alter, alteration, ameliorate, annex, append, approach, articulate, attach, attack, azimuth, back and fill, back band, backstrap, baste, batten, batten down, be changed, be converted into, be renewed, bear away, bear off, bear to starboard, bearing, bearing rein, beat, beat about, bellyband, bend, bias, bind, bit, blinders, blinds, bolt, bottom out, box off, branch off, branching off, braze, break, breeching, bridle, bring about, bring round, buckle, butt, button, cant, cant round, caparison, cast, cast about, cavesson, cement, change, change course, change the bearing, change the heading, checker, checkrein, cheekpiece, chinband, chop, chop and change, cinch, circuitousness, clasp, cleat, clip, collar, combine, come about, come around, come round, compass bearing, compass direction, cordage, cording, corner, couple, course, crook, crownband, crupper, curb, curve, declination, deflection, degenerate, depart from, departure, deteriorate, detour, deviance, deviancy, deviate, deviation, deviousness, digress, digression, direction, discursion, divagate, divagation, divaricate, divarication, diverge, divergence, diversify, diversion, dogleg, double, double a point, dovetail, drift, drifting, equipage, equipment, errantry, excursion, excursus, exorbitation, fashion, fasten, fastening, fetch about, fittings, fix, flop, form, gag swivel, gear, girth, glue, go about, guise, gybe, hackamore, hairpin, halter, hames, hametugs, harness, hasp, haul around, headgear, heading, headstall, heave round, heel, hinge, hip straps, hitch, hook, improve, indirection, jam, jaquima, jerk line, jibe, jibe all standing, join, joint, kit, latch, lee side, line, line of action, lines, lock, magnetic bearing, manner, manner of working, martingale, means, meliorate, method, methodology, miss stays, miter, mitigate, mode, mode of operation, mode of procedure, modulate, modus operandi, mortise, mutate, nail, noseband, obliquity, order, outfit, paste, path, peg, pererration, pin, ply, pole strap, practice, procedure, proceeding, process, put about, put back, rabbet, rambling, reins, relative bearing, revive, ribbons, rig, rigging, rivet, ropework, roping, round a point, routine, saddle, saddlery, scarf, screw, secure, sew, shaft tug, sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, side check, skew, skewer, slant, slew, snaffle, snap, solder, staple, stick, stitch, straying, style, surcingle, sweep, swerve, swerving, swing round, swing the stern, swinging, system, tack on, tackle, tag on, take a turn, tangent, technique, the drill, the how, the way of, throw about, thumbtack, tie, toggle, tone, trappings, trend, true bearing, tug, turn, turn aside, turn back, turn into, turn the corner, turning, twist, undergo a change, unite, variation, vary, vector, veer, veer off, wandering, warp, way, wear, wear ship, weather side, wedge, weld, wind, winker braces, wise, worsen, yaw, yoke, zigzag, zipper
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1