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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun tack:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb tack:


Tack is sometimes a misspelling of take or takes.

The word tack is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun tack

What does tack mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: tacks

  1. the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: aim / bearing / heading = the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
  2. a short nail with a sharp point and a large head
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: nail = a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
    • more specific terms:
  3. gear for a horse
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of tack: saddlery / stable gear
    • more generic words: appurtenance / gear / paraphernalia = equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    • more specific terms:
      • bit = piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
      • caparison / trapping / housing = stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
      • cinch / girth = stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
      • hame = stable gear consisting of either of two curved supports that are attached to the collar of a draft horse and that hold the traces
      • harness = stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
      • headgear = stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head
      • martingale = a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girth
      • saddle blanket / horse blanket / saddlecloth = stable gear consisting of a blanket placed under the saddle
      • yoke = stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team
  4. (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
  5. (nautical) the act of changing tack
  6. sailing a zigzag course
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: sailing = riding in a sailboat

Alternative definition of the noun tack


  1. [carpentry] A small nail with a flat head.
  2. A small, sharp, nail-like object used especially to affix thin items to thicker ones, but not heavily used in carpentry.
  3. [sewing] A loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth.
  4. [nautical] The lower corner on the leading edge of a sail relative to the direction of the wind.
  5. [nautical] A course or heading that enables a sailing vessel to head upwind. See also reach, gybe.
  6. A direction or course of action, especially a new one.
  7. [nautical] The maneuver by which a sailing vessel turns its bow through the wind so that the wind changes from one side to the other.
  8. [nautical] The distance a sailing vessel runs between these maneuvers when working to windward; a board.
  9. Any of the various equipment and accessories worn by horses in the course of their use as domesticated animals. Saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales, and breastplates are all forms of horse 'tack'.
  10. [chemistry] The stickiness of a compound, related to its cohesive and adhesive properties.

Specialised definition of the noun tack

Glossary of sports

the course of a boat with respect to the side of the sail against which the wind is blowing (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

riding equipment. Short for "tackle"

Glossary of sports / sailing

a zigzag course, to take advantage of wind blowing from the side when sailing to windward (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb tack

What does tack mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: tacked | tacking | tacks

  1. fasten with tacks
  2. turn into the wind
  3. create by putting components or members together
  4. sew together loosely, with large stitches
  5. fix to; attach
  6. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Alternative definition of the verb tack


  1. To nail with a 'tack' (small nail with a flat head).
  2. To sew/stich with a 'tack' (loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth).
  3. [nautical] To maneuver a sailing vessel so that its bow turns through the wind, i.e. the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other.
  4. To add something as an extra item.
  5. Often with "up"", to place the tack on a horse.


  1. Tack is a fictional character from the 1955 film Blood Alley.
  2. Tack is a fictional character from the 1994 film The Stöned Age.


  1. "Tack" is a musical album of Olle Ljungström.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  2. "Tack" is a composition.
  3. "Tack" is a composition.


"Tack" is an artwork by Jim Nutt.


  1. Tack: In sailing, tack is a part of a sail, and also an alignment with the wind. Tacking or jibing is the manoeuver of turning between starboard and port tack.
  2. Tack: In sewing, to tack or baste is to make quick, temporary stitching intended to be removed.
  3. The tack of a square-rigged sail is a line attached to its lower corner. This is in contrast to the more common fore-and-aft sail, whose tack is a part of the sail itself, the corner which is secured to the vessel.

Phrases with Tack

Phrases starting with the word Tack:

  1. tack on
  2. Tack Up
  3. tack hammer
  4. tack together

Phrases ending with the word Tack:

  1. Blu-Tack
  2. tie tack
  3. Down Tack
  4. carpet tack
  5. tailor's tack
  6. Change of Tack
  7. Sharp As a Tack

Other phrase containing the word Tack:

  1. tick-tack-toe

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Tack

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Google previewPrinting on Polymers (2015)

Fundamentals and Applications by Joanna Izdebska, Sabu Thomas

Tack is the stickiness of a printing ink and refers to the force required to separate printing ink between two surfaces (Dejidas...

The tack is a combination of two forces: the adhesion forces of the ink to the base and the cohesive forces of the printing ink. Tack is an important parameter for paste inks, such as offset inks.

Google previewPlastics Materials and Processes (2003)

A Concise Encyclopedia by Charles A. Harper, Edward M. Petrie

Tack is an important property for many pressuresensitive adhesives and preformed sealants. Tack is generally...

Google previewThe Printing Ink Manual (2012)

by Robert Leach

Since tack is an empirical quantity, there is...

Despite all this, tack is a major influence on ink performance and currently available instrumentation, whilst not perfect, ...

Google previewEnglish Roots and the Derivation of Words from the Ancient Anglo-Saxon (1856)

Lectures by Edw. Newenham Hoare

for hunting is that by which birds, beasts, or fish are taken or caught; and it was applied also to armour taken by the warrior, as we speak of a man taking up arms ; and, lastly, a tack is a small nail, to take hold, fix, or fasten. To “ till” the ground ...

Google previewScales of Justice (2008)

Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World by Nancy Fraser

Another, more promising tack is that of Rainer Forst, which also derives from recognition-theoretic premises. In Contexts of Justice (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), esp. pp. 230–41, Forst usefully distinguishes between four ...

Google previewSignificance of Tests for Petroleum Products (2003)

by Salvatore J. Rand

Tack is the ability to cohere, and it is a highly desirable property for certain rubber applications. For this reason, pine tar became a preferred softener in all natural rubber compounds, and it is used to some extent today. In current practice ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

A tack is a contract of location, whereby the use of lands, or any other immoveable subject, is set to the lessee or tacksman for a certain yearly rent, either in money, the fruits of the ground, or services. It ought to be reduced into writing, as it is a ...

Google previewKnight's New Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering. With Indexical References to Technical Journals (1876-1880.) by Edward Henry Knight

BruKh tack. Card tack. Carpet nail. Carpet tuck. Casing nail. Chair nail. Channeled nail. Channel nail. Charcoal iron naiL Cheese-box nail. Chisel-point nail Cigar-box nail. Clasp nail. Clinch nail. Clinker nail. Clout nail. Coated nail. Coffln nail.

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Quotes about Tack

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Scrabble value of T1A1C3K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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