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tack

 
 
pronunciation:
taek
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
on the wrong tack
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a short pin, usu. with a flat, broad head.
She used tacks to hold up the makeshift curtain over the window.
similar words:
pin, spike, thumbtack
definition 2: the zigzag course of a sailing vessel against the wind, or one of the straight segments composing such a course.
similar words:
jibe
definition 3: a long loose stitch, used to hold cloth together temporarily.
similar words:
stitch
definition 4: riding gear, such as saddles and bridles.
You'll find all the tack you'll need in the shed next to the stable.
similar words:
equipment, gear, kit, rig, tackle
definition 5: an approach, as to a problem, esp. if different from previous approaches.
Since what we've been doing hasn't solved the problem, let's take a different tack.
synonyms:
attack, scheme, wrinkle
similar words:
approach, means, method, plan, procedure, way
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phrase: on the wrong tack
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tacks, tacking, tacked
definition 1: to attach or fasten with a tack.
I tacked the announcement to the bulletin board in hall.
synonyms:
pin, thumbtack
similar words:
affix, append, attach, fasten, nail, rivet, staple, stick
definition 2: to append or affix as a supplement (usu. fol. by "on").
At the recommendation of the book's editor, the author tacked on a short epilogue.
synonyms:
affix, annex, append, subjoin, tag
similar words:
add
definition 3: to alter the course of (a sailing vessel), esp. when sailing into the wind.
similar words:
bed, deflect, jibe, sheer, veer, warp
definition 4: to sew together temporarily with a long stitch; baste.
synonyms:
baste
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to alter the course of a sailing vessel.
synonyms:
chop
similar words:
deflect, jibe, sheer, veer, warp, yaw
definition 2: to change one's method, approach, or course of action.
synonyms:
sheer, shift, swerve, switch, veer
similar words:
deviate, scheme, shunt
definition 3: to equip a horse with riding gear (usu. fol. by "up").
similar words:
equip, gear up
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derivation: tacker (n.)