• WordNet 3.6
    • v tackle seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
    • v tackle put a harness "harness the horse"
    • v tackle accept as a challenge "I'll tackle this difficult task"
    • n tackle (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground
    • n tackle (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage "it takes a big man to play tackle"
    • n tackle gear used in fishing
    • n tackle gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails
    • n tackle the person who plays that position on a football team "the right tackle is a straight A student"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tackle Any instruments of action; an apparatus by which an object is moved or operated; gear; as, fishing tackle, hunting tackle ; formerly, specifically, weapons. "She to her tackle fell."
    • Tackle Apparatus for raising or lowering heavy weights, consisting of a rope and pulley blocks; sometimes, the rope and attachments, as distinct from the block, in which case the full appratus is referred to as a block and tackle.
    • Tackle (Naut) The rigging and apparatus of a ship; also, any purchase where more than one block is used.
    • Tackle To begin to deal with; as, to tackle the problem.
    • Tackle (Football) To cause the ball carrier to fall to the ground, thus ending the forward motion of the ball and the play.
    • Tackle To fasten or attach, as with a tackle; to harness; as, to tackle a horse into a coach or wagon.
    • Tackle To seize; to lay hold of; to grapple; as, a wrestler tackles his antagonist; a dog tackles the game. "The greatest poetess of our day has wasted her time and strength in tackling windmills under conditions the most fitted to insure her defeat."
    • Tackle To supply with tackle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tackle A watch-tackle purchase used for stretching the backbone of an awning.
    • n tackle A device or appliance for grasping or clutching an object, connected with means for holding, moving, or manipulating it. This sense is seen in the phrase block and tackle, where the tackle is the rope with its hook or hooks which passes around a pulley; also in ground-tackle, plow-tackle, fishing-tackle, etc.
    • n tackle Hence A mechanism, or apparatus in general, for applying the power of purchase in manipulating, shifting, raising, or lowering objects or materials; a rope and pulley-block, or a combination of ropes and blocks working together, or any similar contrivance for aid in lifting or controlling anything: used either definitely or indefinitely. Tackle is varied in many ways for different uses, as on board a ship, every form or adaptation having its own special name. In a ship's tackle, the standing part is so much of the rope as remains between the sheave and the end which is secured; the running part is the part that works between the sheaves; the fall is the part laid hold of in hauling.
    • n tackle The windlass and its appurtenances, as used for hoisting ore from small depths; also, in general, the cages or kibbles, with their chains and hooks, for raising ore or coal.
    • n tackle Equipment or gear in general; a combination of appliances: used of arms and armor, harness, anglers' outfit (see fishing-tackle), many mechanical devices, etc.
    • n tackle The act of tackling; a seizing or grasping; grasp or hold, as of an opponent in foot-ball.
    • n tackle Either one of two players in the rush-line in foot-ball, stationed next to the end rushers. See rusher, 2.
    • n tackle Tackles formerly used in heaving down a ship, to keep her from being canted over too much.
    • n tackle See rolling-tackle.
    • tackle To attach by tackle or tackling; make fast to something.
    • tackle Specifically To hitch; harness.
    • tackle To ensnare, as with cords or tackle; entangle.
    • tackle To close or shut with or as if with a fastening; lock; seclude.
    • tackle To furnish with tackle; equip with appliances, as a ship.
    • tackle To attack or fasten upon, in the widest sense; set to work upon in any way; undertake to master, persuade, solve, perform, and so forth: as, to tackle a bully; to tackle a problem.
    • tackle In foot-ball, to seize and stop, as a player while running with the ball: as, he was tackled when within a few feet of the goal.
    • tackle To make an attack or seizure; specifically, to get a grasp or hold, as upon an opponent in foot-ball, to prevent him from running with the ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tackle tak′l the ropes, rigging, &c. of a ship: tools, weapons: ropes, &c., for raising heavy weights: a pulley
    • v.t Tackle to harness:
    • v.i Tackle to get a hold of
    • v.t Tackle (prov.) to seize or take hold of, attack, fasten upon
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  • Maxwell Maltz
    “You can do only one thing at a time. I simply tackle one problem and concentrate all efforts on what I am doing at the moment.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    “Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist but football is only two things-blocking and tackling.”
  • Warren Buffett
    “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.”


Tackle an issue - If you tackle an issue or problem, you resolve or deal with it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. takel, akin to LG. & D. takel, Dan. takkel, Sw. tackel,; perhaps akin to E. taw, v. t., or to take,


In literature:

The game of water polo is such a strenuous one that even the best of men often tackle it with misgivings.
"Swimming Scientifically Taught" by Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
Bud and Mel hurled themselves forward, each dropping a man with a flying tackle.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
But this is the first time I ever saw a bear tackle anybody without cause or warning.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
It is no joke for one man to tackle six, and those not ordinary marauders but Pomeranian soldiers.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
Everything he tackles he tackles earnestly.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
He's got all the tackle for it, and I ha'n't.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
You get a tub of hot water ready and I'll tackle the lad now.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
When she tackled Polite Conversation she put a few Tooth-Marks in it.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
The car had been hauled off you by block and tackle.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
This has been goin' on a month, when one day as I comes home Vee greets me with a flyin' tackle.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford

In poetry:

Oh! whether you cook, or whether you fight,
Or whether you trundle a truck,
Just tackle your job and do it right:
Don't pass the buck.
"Passing The Buck" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
He then flung his arms round my darling
His embraces showed they were no strangers
I could tell by the way he tackled the wife
He'd played half-back for Queen's Park Rangers
"The Infernal Triangle" by Billy Bennett
A bad colt to tackle - a mad one to steer
Through thick timber - you'll hear Martin boast -
Mick yet is unrivalled, there isn't his peer
Right from Camooweal in to the coast.
"Brigalow Mick" by Harry Breaker Morant
"Now anchor, dear Hardy," the Admiral cried;
But before we could make it he fainted and died.
All night in the trough of the sea we were tossed,
And for want of ground-tackle good prizes were lost.
"The Quarter-Gunner's Yarn" by Sir Henry Newbolt
CYPRIAN. Mighty mountain bird that fliest,
Trees for wings replacing feathers,
Boat, whose rocks supply the tackle,
As thou furrowest through the zephyr,
To thy centre back return thee,
And so end this fear, this terror.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Then the sailors of the "Cambria" wrought with might and main,
While the sea spray fell on them like heavy rain;
First the women and children were transferred from the "Kent"
By boats, ropes, and tackle without a single accident.
"The Burning of the Ship 'Kent'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

On defense, Davis was the second leading tackler for the Bearcats with over 90 tackles.
Couple tackles their landscape bit by bit.
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson of Public Agenda don't tackle simple stuff.
Will have to wait until June to tackle the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa.
A new book tackles issues larger than one murdered reporter.
Blog & Tackle: 'Black Monday' in Baltimore.
Jason Babin goes in for a tackle on Rashard Mendenhall (Photo: Jason Bridge, US PRESSWIRE).
Helen Blocker -Adams: To tackle the nation's fat issue, everybody has to get moving.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Willie Roaf was tough to get around, an extraordinary blocker at tackle.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Donald Penn get in a tussle in the third quarter Thursday, Oct 25, at the Metrodome.
There's an age-old theory in the NFL when it comes to left tackles.
The vehicle had not even come to a halt when the guy in the back of the bobsled , Curtis Tomasevicz, tackle-embraced the guy in front of him.
"It feels good," said the Denver offensive tackle after his new quarterback led the Broncos to an overtime victory over the reeling San Diego Chargers.
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has.
Never let it be said the New York Times is afraid to tackle an unflattering story about President Obama, even if it's often a delayed reaction.

In science:

Instead the nature of singularities is commonly tackled via the methods of dynamical systems for particular cosmology families.
Is Nature Generic?
We showed how concepts from statistical physics can help to tackle this problem.
High precision simulations of the longest common subsequence problem
What makes the problem so analytically difficult to tackle ? One answer is that we are dealing with a truly dynamical problem.
Trapping of a random walk by diffusing traps
We use the real space renormalization group method to tackle the intrachain couplings, and a mean-field approximation to treat the interchain coupling.
Bond-randomness-induced Neel order in weakly coupled antiferromagnetic spin chains
Duarte and L.A.C.P. da Mota, A Method to tackle first-order ordinary differential equations with Liouvillian functions in the solution. J.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs