Found 2 items, similar to tack.
English → English
v 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”
tacked together some verses”
, put together
, set up
, tack together
] [ant: disassemble
4: sew together loosely, with large stitches; “baste a hem”
5: fix to; attach; “append a charm to the necklace”
, tack on
, hang on
6: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) [syn: interchange
n 1: the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of
2: a short nail with a sharp point and a large head
3: gear for a horse [syn: stable gear
4: (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle
at which a sail is set in relation to the wind [syn: sheet
, weather sheet
5: (nautical) the act of changing tack [syn: tacking
6: sailing a zigzag course
English → English
, 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,
“Wheel to the left.”
, 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.
, 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[=a]g a
willow twig, Ir. taca a peg, nail, fastening, Gael. tacaid,
Armor. & Corn. tach; perhaps akin to E. take. Cf. Attach
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
, v. t., 3. --Macaulay.
Some tacks had been made to money bills in King
Charles's time. --Bp. Burnet.
(a) A rope used to hold in place the foremost lower
corners of the courses when the vessel is closehauled
(see Illust. of Ship
); also, a rope employed to pull
the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom.
(b) The part of a sail to which the tack is usually
fastened; the foremost lower corner of fore-and-aft
sails, as of schooners (see Illust. of Sail
(c) The direction of a vessel in regard to the trim of her
sails; as, the starboard tack, or port tack; -- the
former when she is closehauled with the wind on her
starboard side; hence, the run of a vessel on one
tack; also, a change of direction; as, to take a
different tack; -- often used metaphorically.
4. (Scots Law) A contract by which the use of a thing is set,
or let, for hire; a lease. --Burrill.
5. Confidence; reliance. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
Tack of a flag
(Naut.), a line spliced into the eye at the
foot of the hoist for securing the flag to the halyards.
(Naut.), belaying pins; -- also called jack pins
To haul the tacks aboard
(Naut.), to set the courses.
To hold tack
, to last or hold out. --Milton.
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tacked
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [Cf. OD. tacken to touch, take, seize, fix, akin
to E. take. See Tack
a small nail.]
1. To fasten or attach. “In hopes of getting some commendam
tacked to their sees.”
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; as, to tack on a
non-germane appropriation to a bill. --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.