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Topic: WATER

Sense: 1-4, 6
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old North French
Origin: taque 'fastening'
Sense: 5
Date: 1700-1800
Origin: TACKLE2
Sense: 7
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: tacky

tack

1 noun
     
tack1
1

nail

[countable]D a small nail with a sharp point and a flat top
2

pin

[countable] American EnglishD a short pin with a large round flat top, for attaching notices to boards, walls etc [= thumbtack; = drawing pin BrE]
3

way of doing something

[uncountable and countable] the way you deal with a particular situation or a method that you use to achieve something:
If that doesn't work, we'll try a different tack.
Rudy changed tack, his tone suddenly becoming friendly.
4

ship

TTW
a) [uncountable and countable] the direction that a sailing boat moves, depending on the direction of the wind and the position of its sails
b) [countable] the action of changing the direction of a sailing boat, or the distance it travels between these changes:
a long tack into the bay
5

horses

[uncountable] technicalDSH the equipment you need for riding a horse, such as a saddle etc
6

sewing

[countable]DLH a long loose stitch used for fastening pieces of cloth together before sewing them
7

ugly objects

[uncountable] British English ugly cheap objects sold as decorations:
souvenir shops full of tack
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