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tack

1
1. a short sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat and comparatively large head
2. Nautical the heading of a vessel sailing to windward, stated in terms of the side of the sail against which the wind is pressing
3. Nautical
a. a course sailed by a sailing vessel with the wind blowing from forward of the beam
b. one such course or a zigzag pattern of such courses
4. Nautical
a. a sheet for controlling the weather clew of a course
b. the weather clew itself
5. Nautical the forward lower clew of a fore-and-aft sail

tack

2
a. riding harness for horses, such as saddles, bridles, etc.
b. (as modifier): the tack room

Tack

 

(Russian, gals; from Dutch hals). (1) The course of a vessel with respect to the wind (for example, a vessel is moving on a starboard tack when the wind is blowing toward the starboard side of a vessel).

(2) The segment of a vessel’s course from turn to turn while maneuvering under sail, carrying out measuring operations, sweeping mines, fishing, and so on.

(3) A rope securing the lower windward corner of the sail (the tack corner) to a mast.

tack

[tak]
(design engineering)
A small, sharp-pointed nail with a broad flat head.
(materials)
Adhesive stickiness, such as occurs on the surface of a varnish or ink that has not completely dried. Also known as tackiness.
(navigation)
To change the course of a sailing vessel by coming about so as to take the wind from over the opposite bow (starboard or port).

tack

1. A strip of metal, usually lead or copper, used as a clip to secure the edges of metal items in roof construction, such as flashings.
2. A short, sharp-pointed nail.
3. The property of an adhesive that enables it to form a bond of measurable strength immediately after the adhesive and adherend are brought into contact under low pressure.
4. To glue, weld, or otherwise fasten in spots rather than in a continuous line.
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Sarah added: "There was about 300 tacks, it's disgusting.
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His antics came to light after pensioner Christine Pearson was injured stepping on a tack as she walked past Tonbridge Police Station in Kent on April 30, Maidstone crown court heard Paul Valder, prosecuting, said Bance, of nearby Sevenoaks, was arrested after being seen on CCTV dropping tacks.
Police were called in after the tacks were sprinkled across Wylam Colliery waggonway, which is also regularly used by horseriders.
The Tacks also charge that during driving rains, the sewage ponds overflow and water flows onto their property "rendering the Property unsafe and unfit for humans," the lawsuit said.
The correct solution involves using the box of tacks as a candleholder - one should empty the box of tacks and then tack it to the wall placing the candle inside.
WIRRAL Park rangers have issued warnings along a popular route for walkers and cyclists after hundreds of tacks were spread along the walkway.