Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

tack  - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun tack pronunciation in American English /tæk/
Word Forms
Close
singulartack
pluraltacks
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [countable] a small pointed nail with a flat top

    a carpet tack

    1. a.
      American a short pin with a large, round top that you can use to fix a piece of paper to a surface temporarily, for example to show public notices. The usual British word is drawing pin.
  2. 2
    [singular] a particular way of doing or achieving something

    Let’s try a different tack.

  3. 3
    [countable] a direction that a boat sails in relation to the wind

    a long starboard tack

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the pieces of equipment that you put on a horse when you are going to ride it

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

speak human

(of a politician) to be able to communicate and connect with ordinary people

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog