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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


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.


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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