Definitions of tack

  1. To change the course of a ship by shifting the tacks and position of the sails from one side to the other. To hold tack, to last or hold out.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. A contract by which the use of a thing is set, or let, for hire; a lease.
  5. Confidence; reliance.
  6. To fasten or attach.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. In parliamentary usage, to add ( a supplement) to a bill; to append; - often with on or to.
  10. To fasten with small nails; as, fasten slightly; attach; to change the course of ( a vessel) by using the helm and shifting the sails.
  11. To attach or fasten, esp. in a slight manner, as by tacks.
  12. To fasten by tacks; attach slightly; attach.
  13. To fasten with tacks; annex; append.
  14. 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.
  15. To change the course of a vessel by shifting the position of her sails.
  16. To change the course or tack of a ship by shifting the position of the sails.
  17. To change a ship's course by changing the position of the sails.
  18. fix to; attach; " append a charm to the necklace"
  19. turn ( a boat) into the wind; " The sailors decided to tack tge boat"; " The boat tacked"
  20. fasten with tacks; " tack the notice on the board"
  21. To change course, as a vessel, so as to bring the wind to the other side; veer.
  22. To fasten; to attach; to fasten slightly; to fasten with tacks.
  23. To attach or fasten slightly; to change the course of a ship by shifting the tacks and position of the sails.
  24. gear for a horse
  25. the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
  26. ( nautical) a line ( rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
  27. A stain; a tache.
  28. A peculiar flavor or taint; as, a musty tack.
  29. A small, short, sharp- pointed nail, usually having a broad, flat head.
  30. That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix. See Tack, v. t., 3.
  31. 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.
  32. A small broad- headed nail; a rope for holding down the lower corner of certain sails; the corner of the sail so held down; direction of a ship in regard to the trim, or position, of her sails; a change in a ship's direction; hence, any course or method of action.
  33. A short, sharp nail, with a broad head: the course of a ship in reference to the position of her sails: a lease.
  34. A small nail; course of a ship in reference to the position of her sails.
  35. A small sharp nail; a fastening; stitch.
  36. A rope for fastening the corner of a sail; the act of tacking; the course sailed from one such act to the next.
  37. A small nail with a broad head; a rope used to fasten the foremost lower corners of the courses and staysails when the wind is oblique; the part of a sail to which the rope is usually fastened; the course of a ship in regard to the position of her sails.
  38. A very small nail with a flat head- so called from being used to fasten something on or to another, as a carpet on a floor; the course of a ship with reference to the position of the sails; the rope which fastens the foremost corner of the sail to the windward side of a ship, which is said to tack in going against a wind when the tack is changed from one side to the other; in Scot., a lease of land, & c.
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