tack

Part of speech: verb

To fasten with tacks; annex; append.

Part of speech: verb

To change course, as a vessel, so as to bring the wind to the other side; veer.

Part of speech: noun

A small sharp nail; a fastening; stitch.

Part of speech: noun

A rope for fastening the corner of a sail; the act of tacking; the course sailed from one such act to the next.

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Usage examples "tack":

  1. For a little while they were like a sail- boat that is beating and has to drift a few minutes before it can catch the wind and start off on the other tack. - "Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches", Sarah Orne Jewett.
  2. Suddenly Leslie's thoughts took a new tack, " How in the world did it ever come there- buried in the sand like that?" - "The Dragon's Secret", Augusta Huiell Seaman.
  3. We were on the starboard tack and several times before during the morning we had come quite close to the launch and then the faster boat had swerved out of our way and we had gone off on a new tack, after calling out some form of repartee to our friends. - "Vacation with the Tucker Twins", Nell Speed.