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English definition of “tack”

tack

noun uk   /tæk/ us  

tack noun (NAIL)

[C] a small, sharp nail with a flat end

tack noun (SEWING)

[C] a long, loose stitch

tack noun (RIDING EQUIPMENT)

[U] all the objects that the rider of a horse needs, including saddles and bridles

tack noun (BOAT'S DIRECTION)

[C] 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.

tack

verb uk   /tæk/ us  

tack verb (FASTEN)

[T] to fasten something to a place with tacks

tack verb (SEW)

[I or T] (US also baste) to sew with a long, loose stitch that holds two pieces of material together temporarily, before they are sewn together in a more tidy or permanent way

tack verb (BOAT)

[I usually + adv/prep] (of a boat) to turn so that it is at an angle to the direction of the wind and receives the wind on its sails
tacking
noun [U] uk   /ˈtæk.ɪŋ/ us  
Phrasal verbs
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