Tack - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tæk|  American pronunciation of the word tack
Brit.  |tæk|  British pronunciation of the word tack


- the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
- a short nail with a sharp point and a large head
- gear for a horse (syn: saddlery)
- (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind (syn: sheet, shroud)
- (nautical) the act of changing tack
- sailing a zigzag course


- fasten with tacks
tack the notice on the board
- turn into the wind
The sailors decided to tack the boat
The boat tacked
- create by putting components or members together (syn: assemble, piece, set up)
He tacked together some verses
- sew together loosely, with large stitches (syn: baste)
- fix to; attach (syn: append, hang on)
- reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) (syn: alternate, flip, interchange, switch)

Extra examples

She tacked a poster on the wall.

A message was tacked to the board.

We had to tack repeatedly as we sailed toward the harbor.

If that doesn't work, we'll try a different tack.

Rudy changed tack, his tone suddenly becoming friendly.

A handwritten note was tacked to the wall.

The sailors decided to tack the boat

The boat tacked

He tacked together some verses

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tack
he/she/it: tacks
present participle: tacking
past tense: tacked
past participle: tacked
singular: tack
plural: tacks
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