Webster 1913 Edition
[From an old or dialectal form of F.
A stain; a tache.
A peculiar flavor or taint;
as, a musty.
[Obs. or Colloq.]
takke, a fastening; akin to D.
taka branch, twig, G.
zackea twig, prong, spike, Dan.
takkea tack, spike; cf. also Sw.
taggprickle, point, Icel.
tāga willow twig, Ir.
tacaa peg, nail, fastening, Gael.
tacaid, Armor. & Corn.
tach; perhaps akin to E.
A small, short, sharp-pointed nail, usually having a broad, flat head.
That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix. See
tackshad been made to money bills in King Charles’s time.
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.
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
The direction of a vessel in regard to the trim of her sails;
as, the starboard; – 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;
tack, or port
as, to take a different.
tack; – often used metaphorically
A contract by which the use of a thing is set, or let, for hire; a lease.
Tack of a flag
a line spliced into the eye at the foot of the hoist for securing the flag to the halyards.–
belaying pins; – also called–
To haul the tacks aboard
to set the courses.–
To hold tack,
to last or hold out.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
tackento touch, take, seize, fix, akin to E.
Tacka small nail.]
To fasten or attach.“In hopes of getting some commendam tacked to their sees.”
tacksthe center to the sphere.
Especially, to attach or secure in a slight or hasty manner, as by stitching or nailing;
tacktogether the sheets of a book; to
tackone piece of cloth to another; to
tackon a board or shingle; to
tackone piece of metal to another by drops of solder.
In parliamentary usage, to add (a supplement) to a bill; to append; – often with on or to;
tackon a non-germane appropriation to a bill
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.
☞ In tacking, a vessel is brought to point at first directly to windward, and then so that the wind will blow against the other side.
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
Monk, . . . when he wanted his ship to
tackto larboard, moved the mirth of his crew by calling out, “Wheel to the left.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To fasten; to attach. In the solemn or grave style, this word now appears ludicrous; as, to get a commendam tacked to their sees.
--And tack the center to the sphere.
2.To unite by stitching together; as, to tack together the sheets of a book; to tack one piece of cloth to another. [In the familiar style, this word is in good use.]
3.To fasten slightly by nails; as, to tack on a board or shingle.