Learn how to say Tacks correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word tack:
1a small, sharp broad-headed nail:
tacks held the remaining rags of carpet to the floor
North American a drawing pin:
here are some tacks—put up a notice
2a long stitch used to fasten fabrics together temporarily, prior to permanent sewing.
3a method of dealing with a situation or problem; a course of action or policy:
as she could not stop him going she tried another tack and insisted on going with him
4 Sailing an act of changing course by turning a boat’s head into and through the wind, so as to bring the wind on the opposite side.
a boat’s course relative to the direction of the wind:
the brig bowled past on the opposite tack
a distance sailed between tacks:
it’s a shame to see a yacht drop her sails and start the diesel just because she has to make a few short tacks
5 Sailing a rope for securing the corner of certain sails.
the corner to which a rope is fastened.
6 [mass noun] the quality of being sticky:
cooking the sugar to caramel gives tack to the texture
1 [with object and adverbial] fasten or fix in place with tacks:
he used the tool to tack down sheets of fibreboard
2 [with object and adverbial] fasten (pieces of cloth) together temporarily with long stitches:
when the dress was roughly tacked together, she tried it on
(tack something on) add or append something to something already existing:
the castles have new wings and other bits tacked on
customers tell of surprise ‘nuisance fees’ tacked on to every transaction
3 [no object] Sailing change course by turning a boat’s head into and through the wind:
their boat was now downwind and they had to tack
Compare with wear2.
[from the practice of shifting ropes (see tack1 (sense 5 of the noun) of noun) to change direction]
[with object] alter the course of (a boat) by tacking:
I tacked the ship shortly after midnight
[with adverbial of direction] make a series of changes of course while sailing:
but what happens when you have to tack up a narrow channel singlehanded?: