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English definition of “tack”


noun [C] (BOAT'S DIRECTION)    /tæk/
the direction or distance that a boat moves at an angle to the direction of the wind , so that the boat receives the wind on its sails : The ship was on the starboard tack.Sailing and boating
(Definition of tack noun (BOAT'S DIRECTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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