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English noun: tack

1. tack (location) the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails


Broader (hypernym)aim, bearing, heading

2. tack (artifact) a short nail with a sharp point and a large head


Broader (hypernym)nail


Narrower (hyponym)carpet tack, drawing pin, pushpin, thumbtack, tintack

3. tack (artifact) gear for a horse


Synonymssaddlery, stable gear


Broader (hypernym)appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia


Narrower (hyponym)bit, caparison, cinch, girth, hame, harness, headgear, horse blanket, housing, martingale, saddle blanket, saddlecloth, trapping, yoke

4. tack (artifact) (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind


Synonymsmainsheet, sheet, shroud, weather sheet


Broader (hypernym)line


Narrower (hyponym)futtock shroud


Part meronymship


Domain categorynavigation, sailing, seafaring

5. tack (act) (nautical) the act of changing tack


Synonymstacking


Broader (hypernym)change of course


Domain categorynavigation, sailing, seafaring

6. tack (act) sailing a zigzag course


Broader (hypernym)sailing


English verb: tack

1. tack (contact) fasten with tacks


SamplesTack the notice on the board.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure


Narrower (hyponym)thumbtack

2. tack (motion) turn into the wind


SamplesThe sailors decided to tack the boat.
The boat tacked.


Synonymswear round


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)sail


Domain categoryboat, navigation, pilotage, piloting

3. tack (creation) create by putting components or members together


SamplesShe pieced a quilt.
He tacked together some verses.
They set up a committee.


Synonymsassemble, piece, put together, set up, tack together


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring together, create, join, make


Narrower (hyponym)comfit, compound, confect, confection, configure, confuse, jumble, mix up, reassemble, rig up


Antonymsbreak apart, disassemble, take apart, dismantle, break up

4. tack (contact) sew together loosely, with large stitches


SamplesBaste a hem.


Synonymsbaste


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)run up, sew, sew together, stitch

5. tack (contact) fix to; attach


SamplesAppend a charm to the necklace.


Synonymsappend, hang on, tack on, tag on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)attach


Narrower (hyponym)subjoin

6. tack (change) reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)


Synonymsalternate, flip, flip-flop, interchange, switch


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change by reversal, reverse, turn









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