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definition of the word tack

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tack (plural tacks)

  1. (carpentry) A small nail with a flat head.
  2. (sewing) A loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth.
  3. (nautical) (Wikipedia) The lower corner on the leading edge of a sail relative to the direction of the wind.
  4. (nautical) A course or direction that enables the vessel to head upwind. See also reach, gybe.
  5. A direction or course of action, especially one that differs from the previous one.
    to try a different tack.
  6. (nautical) The maneuver by which a sailing vessel turns its bow through the wind so that the wind changes from one side to the other.
  7. Any of the various equipment and accessories worn by horses in the course of their use as domesticated animals. Saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales, and breastplates are all forms of horse tack.
  8. (chemistry) The stickiness of a compound, related to its cohesive and adhesive properties.

nautical: maneuver

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