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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)

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.

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."