• The ever reliable Brickley; A football thoroughbred--Tack Hardwick
    The ever reliable Brickley; A football thoroughbred--Tack Hardwick
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tacking (nautical) the act of changing tack
    • n tacking a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
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Tacking the upper at the seam Tacking the upper at the seam

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If your shoes squeak, it simply means that two layers of leather in the sole are rubbing together. Driving a tack through the sole will often remove the squeak.
    • n Tacking (Law) A union of securities given at different times, all of which must be redeemed before an intermediate purchaser can interpose his claim.☞ The doctrine of tacking is not recognized in American law.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tacking Same as barring, 2.
    • n tacking In English law, the right of a third or subsequent mortgagee, who advances money without notice of a second mortgage, and pays off the first, to enforce his claim for the amount of both the mortgages to the exclusion of the mortgage of which he had no notice. This right is not (unless as against an unrecorded or a fraudulent mortgage) recognized in the United States, where by recording notice is given to all.
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  • T. S. Eliot
    “Birth, copulation and death. That's all the facts when you come to the brass tacks.”
  • Russel H. Conwell
    Russel H. Conwell
    “No matter what you do, do it to your utmost. I always attribute my success to always requiring myself to do my level best, if only in driving a tack in straight.”


Brass tacks - If you get down to brass tacks, you get down to the real business.
Change tack - If you change tack, you use a different method for dealing with something.
Sharp as a tack - (USA) If someone is as sharp as a tack, they are very clever indeed.


In literature:

Tack or nail, only let's see you get back where we started from.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
For especially fine work, double-pointed tacks, properly filed, are convenient.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
He gets right down to brass tacks.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
We will tack the ship, if you please, Mr Bryce.
"The Missing Merchantman" by Harry Collingwood
Now swing your fore-yard, board the fore and main-tacks, and haul aft the sheets.
"Under the Meteor Flag" by Harry Collingwood
There goes her answering pennant; and there she hauls to the wind on the starboard tack.
"The Rover's Secret" by Harry Collingwood
I'd better try the young shaver on another tack.
"On Board the Esmeralda" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Bit of a middy, fed on salt tack and weevilly biscuit, talk of giving me rope's-end!
"Cutlass and Cudgel" by George Manville Fenn
He wants to get a little more offing, but it's getting nearly time to lie over on the other tack.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
When we're on the other tack she'll careen over the other side.
"Menhardoc" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Then straight I went and put, and put,
A turnip on a stick
And with a tack wrote, "HAGENSACK,
"The Ballad of Hagensack" by Wallace Irwin
You'd see the last new song of all
Nail'd with four tacks against the wall.
Nay, the whole length of Chevy Chase
Found in his little bulk a place.
"The Cobbler" by William Hutton
'He'll never learn his bark to steer
'Mid passion's sudden, wild career;
Nor try at times to tack or veer
To int'rest's gale,
But hoist the sheet, unaw'd by fear,
Tho' storms prevail.
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
The frightened dove — a merchantman
Has not a gun to give him fight;
With all her canvas to the wind,
She tacks to starboard, wild with fright.
Ah! vain for her this tack to take,
Like Fate he follows in her wake!
"The Hawk" by James Edwin Campbell
Of what supreme almightie power
Is thy great arm which spans the east and west,
And tacks the centre to the sphere!
By it do all things live their measur'd houre:
We cannot ask the thing, which is not there,
Blaming the shallownesse of our request.
"Prayer (II)" by George Herbert
And who shall cower, who recoil, or choose the craven's tack,
And strain the law (by heroes made) to hold his country back?
Ah, who? Let children lisp his shame and women cry him down
What time our glorious banner waves o'er stormëd tower and town.
"The Lion's Cub" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Who Put A Tack On Gordon Wood's Chair.
INTERVIEWS Death Cab Tack On Summer 2012 Tour, May Chill Afterwards.
TBT takes new tack on latest album.
Scientists take cautious tack on bird flu research.
Scientists Take Cautious Tack On Bird Flu Research.
New tack on piracy act.
Sandra Day O'Connor Worries About SCOTUS's New Tack on Campaign Finance.
NWAC unleashes double a- Tack on Kamiak.
Obama's new tack on global poverty.
Tries new tack on housing.
States Take New Tack on Illegal Immigration.
As Support Lags, Colleges Tack on Student Fees.
Antiwar Democrats Are Less Critical As Clinton Takes A New Tack on Iraq.
New tack on pack by Old Navy.
Thanks to sticky change and tack used for counting money, grime clings to O'Keefe's hands.

In science:

In this case another canonical factor yn of length one is tacked onto the end and so πk−1 (xn ) = πk−1 (xn−1 ) + 1, all other components being the same; iii. yn is negative and zsyn ∈ M + ∪ {e}.
Busemann points of Artin groups of dihedral type
Moving the ∆−1 all the way to the left, we see that the power of ∆ becomes r − 1, each canonical factor zi ; 1 ≤ i ≤ s is replaced by τ (zi ), and another canonical factor ∆yn of length k − 1 is tacked onto the end.
Busemann points of Artin groups of dihedral type
Tacking into account many constraints at the same time is exactly what a classical many body interaction, or a quantum measurement interaction, does.
The quantum speed up as advanced knowledge of the solution
We will take a slightly different tack here which essentially accomplishes the same estimate but is easier to implement.
Cycle structure of random permutations with cycle weights
This principle states that security should be built in to features, rather than being “tacked-on” at the end of a development cycle.
Functional Programming and Security