tack (n.)

  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

    tack (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. create by putting components or members together; She pieced a quilt; He tacked together some verses; They set up a committee

    [ Syn: assemble , assemble , piece , piece , put together , put together , set up , set up , tack together , tack together ]

  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 ]

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