Definition of "tack" []

  • A short, light nail with a sharp point and a flat head. (noun)
  • Nautical A rope for holding down the weather clew of a course. (noun)
  • Nautical A rope for hauling the outer lower corner of a studdingsail to the boom. (noun)
  • Nautical The part of a sail, such as the weather clew of a course, to which this rope is fastened. (noun)
  • Nautical The lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail. (noun)
  • A short sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat and comparatively large head (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A long loose temporary stitch used in dressmaking, etc (noun)
  • A temporary fastening (noun)
  • Stickiness, as of newly applied paint, varnish, etc (noun)
  • The heading of a vessel sailing to windward, stated in terms of the side of the sail against which the wind is pressing (noun)
  • A course sailed by a sailing vessel with the wind blowing from forward of the beam (noun)
  • One such course or a zigzag pattern of such courses (noun)
  • A sheet for controlling the weather clew of a course (noun)
  • The weather clew itself (noun)
  • The forward lower clew of a fore-and-aft sail (noun)
  • A course of action differing from some previous course (noun)
  • To secure by a tack or series of tacks (verb)
  • To sew (something) with long loose temporary stitches (verb)
  • To attach or append (verb)
  • To change the heading of (a sailing vessel) to the opposite tack (verb)
  • To steer (a sailing vessel) on alternate tacks (verb)
  • (of a sailing vessel) to proceed on a different tack or to alternate tacks (verb)
  • To follow a zigzag route; keep changing one's course of action (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tack" in a sentence
  • ""_Nej tack, nej tack_" (no thank you), she apparently understood and desisted."
  • "The reason for pursuing this tack is my belief that unless we firmly understand the force of events which has led us to the current pass, we are very unlikely to seize the present opportunity to rebuild a more certain and more prosperous future."
  • "That switch in tack is just because the growth rate argument failed, it doesn’t make sense factually."