tack [tak]
[ME takke < MDu tacke, twig, point, akin to Ger zacke < ? IE base * dek-, to tear > TAIL1]
1. a short nail or pin, with a narrow shaft that is not tapered and a relatively large, flat head
a) the act of fastening, esp. in a slight or temporary way
b) Sewing a stitch for marking darts, etc. from a pattern, clipped and later removed: in full tailor's tack
c) stickiness; adhesiveness
3. a zigzag course, or movement in such a course
4. a course of action or policy, esp. one differing from another or a preceding course
5. [< ?] food; foodstuff [hardtack]
6. Naut.
a) a rope for securing the forward lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail
b) this corner
c) the direction in which a vessel is moving in relation to the position of the sails
d) a change of direction in which the sail or sails shift from one side of the vessel to the other
e) a course against the wind
f) any of a series of zigzag movements in such a course
7. equipment for riding a horse, as saddles, bridles, etc.; saddlery
1. to fasten or attach with tacks
2. to attach temporarily, as by sewing with long stitches
3. to attach as a supplement; add [to tack an amendment onto a bill]
4. Horsemanship to put a saddle, bridle, etc. on (a horse): often with up
5. Naut.
a) to change the course of (a vessel) by turning its bow into and across the wind: opposed to WEAR2
b) to maneuver (a vessel) against the wind by a series of tacks
1. Naut.
a) to tack a sailing vessel
b) to change its course by being tacked, or sail against the wind by a series of tacks: said of a sailing vessel
2. to go in a zigzag course
3. to change suddenly one's policy or course of action

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