- tackle [tak′əl; ] for n. 5, naut. [ tā′kəl]n.[ME takel < MDu, pulley, rope, equipment in general, prob. akin to MLowG tacken, to touch, press, ? akin to TAKE]1. apparatus; equipment; gear [fishing tackle]2. a rope and pulley block, or a system of ropes and pulleys, used to lower, raise, or move various objects3. the act or an instance of tackling, as in football☆ 4. Footballa) an offensive lineman who is primarily a blocker, usually positioned just outside an offensive guardb) a defensive lineman usually positioned near the offensive centerc) a type of football in which the defensive players tackle the ballcarrier: cf. TOUCH FOOTBALL: in full tackle football5. Naut.a) Archaic a ship's riggingb) later, the running rigging and pulleys to operate the sailsvt.tackled, tackling1. to fasten by means of tackle2. to harness (a horse)3. to take hold of; seize4.a) to undertake to do or solve (something difficult) [to tackle a job]b) to deal with (a difficult person)5. Football to stop (an opponent carrying the ball), esp. by knocking or throwing to the ground6. to knock or throw to the ground [a policeman tackled the fleeing robber]vi.1. Football to stop an opponent who is carrying the ball, esp. by knocking or throwing the opponent to the ground2. to knock or throw someone to the groundtacklern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.