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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tack  \Tack\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Tacked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Tacking}.]  [Cf.  OD  tacken  to  touch,  take  seize,  fix,  akin 
  to  E.  take  See  {Tack}  a  small  nail.] 
  1.  To  fasten  or  attach.  ``In  hopes  of  getting  some  commendam 
  tacked  to  their  sees.''  --Swift. 
 
  And  tacks  the  center  to  the  sphere.  --Herbert. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  3.  In  parliamentary  usage,  to  add  (a  supplement)  to  a  bill; 
  to  append;  --  often  with  on  or  to  --Macaulay. 
 
  4.  (Naut.)  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. 
 
  Note:  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tack  \Tack\,  n.  [From  an  old  or  dialectal  form  of  F.  tache.  See 
  {Techy}.] 
  1.  A  stain;  a  tache.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  [Cf.  L.  tactus.]  A  peculiar  flavor  or  taint;  as  a  musty 
  tack.  [Obs.  or  Colloq.]  --Drayton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tack  \Tack\,  n.  [OE.  tak,  takke,  a  fastening;  akin  to  D.  tak  a 
  branch,  twig,  G.  zacke  a  twig,  prong,  spike,  Dan.  takke  a 
  tack,  spike;  cf  also  Sw  tagg  prickle,  point,  Icel.  t[=a]g  a 
  willow  twig,  Ir  taca  a  peg,  nail,  fastening,  Gael.  tacaid, 
  Armor.  &  Corn.  tach;  perhaps  akin  to  E.  take  Cf  {Attach}, 
  {Attack},  {Detach},  {Tag}  an  end  {Zigzag}.] 
  1.  A  small  short,  sharp-pointed  nail,  usually  having  a 
  broad,  flat  head. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  attached;  a  supplement;  an  appendix.  See 
  {Tack},  v.  t.,  3.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Some  tacks  had  been  made  to  money  bills  in  King 
  Charles's  time.  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tack  \Tack\,  v.  i.  (Naut.) 
  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. 
 
  Monk,  .  .  .  when  he  wanted  his  ship  to  tack  to 
  larboard,  moved  the  mirth  of  his  crew  by  calling  out 
  ``Wheel  to  the  left.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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:  equipment  for  a  horse  [syn:  {stable  gear},  {saddlery}] 
  4:  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 
  v  1:  fasten  with  tacks;  "tack  the  notice  on  the  board" 
  2:  change  direction  [syn:  {wear  ship}] 




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