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TAB Tab, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] 1. The flap or latchet of a shoe fastened with a string or a buckle. 2. A tag. See Tag, 2. 3. A loop for pulling or lifting something. 4. A border of lace or other material, worn on the inner front edge of ladies' bonnets. 5. A loose pendent part of a lady's garment; esp., one of a series of pendent squares forming an edge or border.


TABACCO Ta*bacco, n. Defn: Tobacco. [Obs.] B. Jonson.


TABANUS Ta*banus, n. [L., horsefly.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A genus of blood sucking flies, including the horseflies.


TABARD Tabard, n. [OE. tabard, tabart; cf. Sp. & Pg. tabardo, It. tabarro, W. tabar, LGr. , LL. tabardum.] Defn: A sort of tunic or mantle formerly worn for protection from the weather. When worn over the armor it was commonly emblazoned with the arms of the wearer, and from this the name was given to the garment adopted for heralds. [Spelt also taberd.] In a tabard he [the Plowman] rode upon a mare. Chaucer.


TABARDER Tabard*er, n. 1. One who wears a tabard. 2. A scholar on the foundation of Queen's College, Oxford, England, whose original dress was a tabard. Nares.


TABARET Taba*ret, n. [Cf. Tabby.] Defn: A stout silk having satin stripes, -- used for furniture.


TABASCO SAUCE Ta*basco sauce. [So named after Tabasco, a river and state of Mexico.] Defn: A kind of very pungent sauce made from red peppers.


TABASHEER Tab`a*sheer, n. [Per. tabashir: cf. Skr. tvakkshira, tvakshira.] Defn: A concretion in the joints of the bamboo, which consists largely or chiefly of pure silica. It is highly valued in the East Indies as a medicine for the cure of bilious vomitings, bloody flux, piles, and various other diseases.


TABBINET Tabbi*net, n. [Cf. Tabby.] Defn: A fabric like poplin, with a watered surface. [Written also tabinet.]


TABEFACTION Tab`e*faction, n. [See Tabefy.] Defn: A wasting away; a gradual losing of flesh by disease.


TABEFY Tabe*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tabefied; p. pr. & vb. n. Tabefying.] [L. tabere to waste away + -fy: cf. L. tabefacere to melt.] Defn: To cause to waste gradually, to emaciate. [R.] Harvey.


TABELLION Ta*bellion, n. [L. tabellio, fr. tabella a tablet, a writing, document, dim. of tabula a board: cf. F. tabellion. See Table.] Defn: A secretary or notary under the Roman empire; also, a similar officer in France during the old monarchy.


TABER Taber, v. i. Defn: Same as Tabor. Nahum ii. 7.


TABERD Taberd, n. Defn: See Tabard.


TABERNACLE Taber*na*cle, n. [F., fr. L. tabernaculum, dim. of taberna nut. See Tabern.] 1. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent. Dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob. Heb. xi. 9. Orange trees planted in the ground, and secured in winter with a wooden tabernacle and stoves. Evelyn. 2. (Jewish Antiq.) A portable structure of wooden framework covered with curtains, which was carried through the wilderness in the Israelitish exodus, as a place of sacrifice and worship. Ex. xxvi. 3. Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship. Acts xv. 16. 4. Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul. Shortly I must put off this my tabernacle. 2 Pet. i. 14. 5. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept. Specifically: -- (a) The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable. (b) A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture. (c) Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like. (d) A tryptich for sacred imagery. (e) A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy. 6. (Naut.) A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc. Feast of Tabernacles (Jewish Antiq.), one of the three principal festivals of the Jews, lasting seven days, during which the people dwelt in booths formed of the boughs of trees, in commemoration of the habitation of their ancestors in similar dwellings during their pilgrimage in the wilderness. -- Tabernacle work, rich canopy work like that over the head of niches, used over seats or stalls, or over sepulchral monuments. Oxf. Gloss.


TABERNACLE Taber*na*cle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tabernacled; p. pr. & vb. n. Tabernacling.] Defn: To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed. He assumed our nature, and tabernacled among us in the flesh. Dr. J. Scott.


TABERNACULAR Tab`er*nacu*lar, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a tabernacle, especially the Jewish tabernacle. 2. Formed in latticework; latticed. T. Warton. 3. Of or pertaining to huts or booths; hence, common; low. Horribly tabernacular. De Quincey.


TABES Tabes (tabez), n. [L., a wasting disease.] (Med.) Defn: Progressive emaciation of the body, accompanied with hectic fever, with no well-marked local symptoms. Tabes dorsalis (d?r*salis) [NL., tabes of the back], locomotor ataxia; -- sometimes called simply tabes. -- Tabes mesenterica [NL., mesenteric tabes], a wasting disease of childhood characterized by chronic inflammation of the lymphatic glands of the mesentery, attended with caseous degeneration.


TABESCENT Ta*bescent, a. [L. tabescens wasting, p. pr. of tabescere.] Defn: Withering, or wasting away.


TABETIC Ta*betic, a. (Med.) Defn: Of or pertaining to tabes; of the nature of tabes; affected with tabes; tabid. -- n. Defn: One affected with tabes.


TABID Tabid, a. [L. tabidus: cf. F. tabide. See Tabes.] (Med.) Defn: Affected by tabes; tabetic. In tabid persons, milk is the bset restorative. Arbuthnot. -- Tabid*ly, adv. -- Tabid*ness, n.


TABIFIC; TABIFICAL Ta*bific, Ta*bific*al, a. [Tabes + L. facere to make.] (Med.) Defn: Producing tabes; wasting; tabefying.


TABINET Tabinet, n. Defn: See Tabbinet. Thackeray.


TABLATURE Tabla*ture, n. [Cf. F. tablature ancient mode of musical notation. See Table.] 1. (Paint.) A painting on a wall or ceiling; a single piece comprehended in one view, and formed according to one design; hence, a picture in general. Shaftesbury. 2. (Mus.) An ancient mode of indicating musical sounds by letters and other signs instead of by notes. The chimes of bells are so rarely managed that I went up to that of Sir Nicholas, where I found who played all sorts of compositions from the tablature before him as if he had fingered an organ. Evelyn. 3. (Anat.) Division into plates or tables with intervening spaces; as, the tablature of the cranial bones.


TABLE Table, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tableed; p. pr. & vb. n. Tableing.] 1. To form into a table or catalogue; to tabulate; as, to table fines. 2. To delineate, as on a table; to represent, as in a picture. [Obs.] Tabled and pictured in the chambers of meditation. Bacon. 3. To supply with food; to feed. [Obs.] Milton. 4. (Carp.) Defn: To insert, as one piece of timber into another, by alternate scores or projections from the middle, to prevent slipping; to scarf. 5. To lay or place on a table, as money. Carlyle. 6. In parliamentary usage, to lay on the table; to postpone, by a formal vote, the consideration of (a bill, motion, or the like) till called for, or indefinitely. 7. To enter upon the docket; as, to table charges against some one. 8. (Naut.) Defn: To make board hems in the skirts and bottoms of (sails) in order to strengthen them in the part attached to the boltrope.


TABLE Table, v. i. Defn: To live at the table of another; to board; to eat. [Obs.] He . . . was driven from the society of men to table with the beasts. South.


TABLE D'HOTE Table d'h?te; pl. Tables d'h?te. Etym: [F., literally, table of the landlord.] Defn: A common table for guests at a hotel; an ordinary.


TABLE OF THE PERIODIC LAW OF THE CHEMICAL ELEMENTS (The vertical columns contain the periodic groups) Series1{ 2{ 3{ 4{ 5{ 6{ 7{ 8{ 9{ 10{ 11{ 12{ --------------------------------------------------------- -----|I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. | RH4 RH3 RH3 RH |R2O RO R3O3 RO2 R2O5 RO3 R2O7 RO4 ----------------------------------------------- ---------------H 1 Li 7 Na 23 K 39 (Cu) 63 Rb 85.2 (Ag) (108) Cs 133 (-) (-) (Au) (197) (-) ---------------------------------------------- ------------------- Note: A similar relation had been enunciated in a crude way by Newlands; but the law in its effective form was developed and elaborated by Mendelejeff, whence it is sometimes called Mendelejeff's law. Important extensions of it were also made by L. Meyer. By this means Mendelejeff predicted with remarkable accuracy the hypothetical elements ekaboron, ekaluminium, and ekasilicon, afterwards discovered and named respectively scandium, gallium, and germanium. -- Periodic star (Astron.), a variable star whose changes of brightness recur at fixed periods. -- Periodic time of a heavenly body (Astron.), the time of a complete revolution of the body about the sun, or of a satellite about its primary.


TABLE WORK Table work. (Print.) Defn: Typesetting of tabular nmatter, or the type matter set in tabular form.


TABLE-LAND Table-land`, n. Defn: A broad, level, elevated area of land; a plateau. The toppling crags of Duty scaled, Are close upon the shining table- lands To which our God himself is moon and sun. Tennyson.


TABLEAU Ta`bleau, n.; pl. Tableaux. Etym: [F., dim. fr. L. tabula a painting. See Table.] 1. A striking and vivid representation; a picture. 2. A representation of some scene by means of persons grouped in the proper manner, placed in appropriate postures, and remaining silent and motionless.


TABLEAU VIVANT Ta`bleau vi`vant; pl. Tableaux vivants. Etym: [F.] Defn: Same as Tableau, n., 2.


TABLEBOOK Table*book`, n. Defn: A tablet; a notebook. Put into your tablebook whatever you judge worthly. Dryden.


TABLECLOTH Table*cloth`, n. Defn: A cloth for covering a table, especially one with which a table is covered before the dishes, etc., are set on for meals.


TABLEMAN Table*man, n.; pl. Tablemen (. Defn: A man at draughts; a piece used in playing games at tables. See Table, n., 10. [R.] Bacon.


TABLEMENT Table*ment, n. (Arch.) Defn: A table. [Obs.] Tablements and chapters of pillars. Holland.


TABLER Tabler, n. 1. One who boards. [Obs.] 2. One who boards others for hire. [Obs.] B. Jonson.


TABLESPOON Table*spoon`, n. Defn: A spoon of the largest size commonly used at the table; -- distinguished from teaspoon, dessert spoon, etc.


TABLESPOONFUL Table*spoon`ful, n.; pl. Tablespoonfuls (. Defn: As much as a tablespoon will hold; enough to fill a tablespoon. It is usually reckoned as one half of a fluid ounce, or four fluid drams.


TABLET Tablet, n. Etym: [F. tablette, dim. of table. See Table.] 1. A small table or flat surface. 2. A flat piece of any material on which to write, paint, draw, or engrave; also, such a piece containing an inscription or a picture. 3. Hence, a small picture; a miniature. [Obs.] 4. pl. Defn: A kind of pocket memorandum book. 5. A flattish cake or piece; as, tablets of arsenic were formerly worn as a preservative against the plague. 6. (Pharm.) Defn: A solid kind of electuary or confection, commonly made of dry ingredients with sugar, and usually formed into little flat squares; -- called also lozenge, and troche, especially when of a round or rounded form.


TABLEWARE Table*ware`, n. Defn: Ware, or articles collectively, for table use.


TABLING Tabling, n. 1. A forming into tables; a setting down in order. 2. (Carp.) Defn: The letting of one timber into another by alternate scores or projections, as in shipbuilding. 3. (Naut.) Defn: A broad hem on the edge of a sail. Totten. 4. Board; support. [Obs.] Trence in English (1614). 5. Act of playing at tables. See Table, n., 10. [Obs.] Tabling house, a gambling house. [Obs.] Northbrooke.


TABLOID Tabloid, n. [A table-mark.] Defn: A compressed portion of one or more drugs or chemicals, or of food, etc.


TABLOID Tabloid, a. Defn: Compressed or condensed, as into a tabloid; administrated in or as in tabloids, or small condensed bits; as, a tabloid form of imparting information.


TABOO Ta*boo, n. Defn: A total prohibition of intercourse with, use of, or approach to, a given person or thing under pain of death, -- an interdict of religious origin and authority, formerly common in the islands of Polynesia; interdiction. [Written also tabu.]


TABOO Ta*boo, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tabooed; p. pr. & vb. n. Tabooing.] Defn: To put under taboo; to forbid, or to forbid the use of; to interdict approach to, or use of; as, to taboo the ground set apart as a sanctuary for criminals. [Written also tabu.]


TABOR Tabor, n. Etym: [OF. tabor, tabour, F. tambour; cf. Pr. tabor, tanbor, Sp. & Pg. tambor, atambor, It. tamburo; all fr. Ar. & Per. tamb a kind of lute, or giutar, or Per. tabir a drum. Cf. Tabouret, Tambour.] (Mus.) Defn: A small drum used as an accompaniment to a pipe or fife, both being played by the same person. [Written also tabour, and taber.]


TABOR Tabor, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tabored; p. pr. & vb. n. Taboring.] Etym: [Cf. OF. taborer.] [Written also tabour.] 1. To play on a tabor, or little drum. 2. To strike lightly and frequently.


TABOR Tabor, v. t. Defn: To make (a sound) with a tabor.


TABORER Tabor*er, n. Defn: One who plays on the tabor. Shak.


TABORET Tabo*ret, n. Etym: [Dim. of tabor. Cf. Tabret.] (Mus.) Defn: A small tabor. [Written also tabouret.]


TABORINE Tabo*rine, n. Etym: [OF. tabourin, F. tambourin. See Tabor, and cf. Tambourine.] (Mus.) Defn: A small, shallow drum; a tabor.


TABORITE Tabor*ite, n. (Eccl. Hist.) Defn: One of certain Bohemian reformers who suffered persecution in the fifteenth century; -- so called from Tabor, a hill or fortress where they encamped during a part of their struggles.


TABOUR Tabour, n. & v. Defn: See Tabor.


TABOURET Tabou*ret, n. Etym: [F., dim. of OF. tabor, tabour, drum. See Tabor.] 1. Same as Taboret. 2. A seat without arms or back, cushioned and stuffed: a high stool; -- so called from its resemblance to a drum. 3. An embroidery frame. Knight. Right of the tabouret, the privilege of sitting on a tabouret in the presence of the severeign, formerly granted to certain ladies of high rank at the French court.


TABRERE Tabrere, n. Defn: A taborer. [Obs.] Spenser.


TABRET Tabret, n. Defn: A taboret. Young.


TABU Ta*bu, n. & v. Defn: See Taboo.


TABULA Tabu*la, n.; pl. Tabul?. Etym: [L.] 1. A table; a tablet. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: One of the transverse plants found in the calicles of certain corals and hydroids. Tabula rasa ( Etym: [L.], a smoothed tablet; hence, figuratively, the mind in its earliest state, before receiving impressions from without; -- a term used by Hobbes, Locke, and others, in maintaining a theory opposed to the doctrine of innate ideas.


TABULAR Tabu*lar, a. Etym: [L. tabularis, fr. tabula a board, table. See Table.] Defn: Having the form of, or pertaining to, a table (in any of the uses of the word). Specifically: -- (a) Having a flat surface; as, a tabular rock. (b) Formed into a succession of flakes; laminated. Nodules . . . that are tabular and plated. Woodward. (c) Set in squares. [R.] (d) Arranged in a schedule; as, tabular statistics. (e) Derived from, or computed by, the use of tables; as, tabular right ascension. Tabular difference (Math.), the difference between two consecutive numbers in a table, sometimes printed in its proper place in the table. -- Tabular spar (Min.), wollastonite.


TABULARIZATION Tab`u*lar*i*zation, n. Defn: The act of tabularizing, or the state of being tabularized; formation into tables; tabulation.


TABULARIZE Tabu*lar*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tabularized; p. pr. & vb. n. Tabularizing.] Defn: To tabulate.


TABULATA Tab`u*lata, n. pl. Etym: [NL., fr. L. tabulatus floored.] (Zo?l.) Defn: An artificial group of stony corals including those which have transverse septa in the calicles. The genera Pocillopora and Favosites are examples.


TABULATE Tabu*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tabulated; p. pr. & vb. n. Tabulating.] Etym: [L. tabula a table. See Tabular.] 1. To form into a table or tables; to reduce to tables or synopses. A philosophy is not worth the having, unless its results may be tabulated, and put in figures. I. Taylor. 2. To shape with a flat surface.


TABULATION Tab`u*lation, n. Defn: The act of forming into a table or tables; as, the tabulation of statistics.


TAC Tac, n. Etym: [Cf. Tack, n., 4.] (O. Eng. Law) Defn: A kind of customary payment by a tenant; -- a word used in old records. Cowell. Burrill.


TAC-AU-TAC Tac`-au-tac, n. [F., fr. riposter du tac au tac to parry (where tac imitates the sound made by the steel).] (Fencing) Defn: The parry which is connected with a riposte; also, a series of quick attacks and parries in which neither fencer gains a point.


TACAMAHAC; TACAMAHACA Taca*ma*hac`, Tac`a*ma*haca, n. 1. A bitter balsamic resin obtained from tropical American trees of the genus Elaphrium (E. tomentosum and E. Tacamahaca), and also from East Indian trees of the genus Calophyllum; also, the resinous exhudation of the balsam poplar. 2. (Bot.) Defn: Any tree yielding tacamahac resin, especially, in North America, the balsam poplar, or balm of Gilead (Populus balsamifera).


TACAUD Ta*caud, n. Etym: [Cf. F. tacaud. See Tomcod.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The bib, or whiting pout. [Prov. Eng.]


TACE Tace, n. Defn: The cross, or church, of St. Antony. See Illust. (6), under Cross, n. Mollett.


TACE Tace, n. Defn: See Tasse. Fairholt.


TACET Tacet, v.impers. Etym: [L., it is silent, 3d pers.pr. of tacere to be silent.] (Mus.) Defn: It is silent; -- a direction for a vocal or instrumental part to be silent during a whole movement.


TACHE Tache, n. Etym: [See Tack a kind of nail.] Defn: Something used for taking hold or holding; a catch; a loop; a button. [Obs.] Ex. xxvi. 6.


TACHE Tache, n. Etym: [F. tache spot. See Techy.] Defn: A spot, stain, or blemish. [Obs.] Warner.


TACHHYDRITE Tach*hydrite, n. Etym: [Gr. (Min.) Defn: A hydrous chloride of calcium and magnesium occurring in yellowish masses which rapidly deliquesce upon exposure. It is found in the salt mines at Stassfurt.


TACHINA Tachi*na, n.; pl. Tachin?. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any one of numerous species of Diptera belonging to Tachina and allied genera. Their larv? are external parasites of other insects.


TACHISTOSCOPE Ta*chisto*scope, n. [Gr. , superl. of swift + -scope.] (Physiol.) Defn: An apparatus for exposing briefly to view a screen bearing letters or figures. It is used in studying the range of attention, or the power of distinguishing separate objects in a single impression.


TACHOGRAPH Tacho*graph, n. [Gr. speed + -graph.] Defn: A recording or registering tachometer; also, its autographic record.


TACHOMETER Ta*chome*ter, n. Etym: [Gr. -meter: cf. F. tachom?tre.] Defn: An instrument for measuring the velocity, or indicating changes in the velocity, of a moving body or substance. Specifically: -- (a) An instrument for measuring the velocity of running water in a river or canal, consisting of a wheel with inclined vanes, which is turned by the current. The rotations of the wheel are recorded by clockwork. (b) An instrument for showing at any moment the speed of a revolving shaft, consisting of a delicate revolving conical pendulum which is driven by the shaft, and the action of which by change of speed moves a pointer which indicates the speed on a graduated dial. (c) (Physiol.) An instrument for measuring the velocity of the blood; a h?matachometer.


TACHOMETRY Ta*chome*try, n. Defn: Measurement by a tachometer; the science or use of tachometers.


TACHYDIDAXY Tachy*di*dax`y, n. Etym: [Gr. Defn: A short or rapid method of instructing. [R.]


TACHYGLOSSA Tach`y*glossa, n. pl. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: A division of monotremes which comprises the spiny ant-eaters of Australia and New Guinea. See Illust. under Echidna.


TACHYGRAPH Tachy*graph, n. Defn: An example of tachygraphy; esp., an ancient Greek or Roman tachygraphic manuscript.


TACHYGRAPHER Ta*chygra*pher, n. [Gr. a fast writer.] Defn: One who writes shorthand; a stenographer; esp., an ancient Greek or Roman notary.


TACHYGRAPHIC; TACHYGRAPHICAL Tach`y*graphic, Tach`y*graphic*al, a. Etym: [Cf. F. tachygraphique.] Defn: Of or pertaining to tachygraphy; written in shorthand.


TACHYGRAPHY Ta*chygra*phy, n. Etym: [Gr. -graphy: cf. F. tachygraphie.] Defn: The art or practice of rapid writing; shorthand writing; stenography. I. Taylor (The Alphabet).


TACHYLYTE Tachy*lyte, n. Etym: [Gr. (Min.) Defn: A vitreous form of basalt; -- so called because decompposable by acids and readily fusible.


TACHYMETER Ta*chyme*ter, n. [Tachy- + -meter.] 1. (Surveying) An instrument, esp. a transit or theodolite with stadia wires, for determining quickly the distances, bearings, and elevations of distant objects. 2. A speed indicator; a tachometer.


TACHYMETRY Ta*chyme*try, n. Defn: The science or use of the tachymeter. -- Ta`chy*metric (#), a.


TACHYSCOPE Tachy*scope, n. [Gr. quick + -scope.] Defn: An early form of antimated-picture machine, devised in 1889 by Otto Ansch?tz of Berlin, in which the chronophotographs were mounted upon the periphery of a rotating wheel.


TACIT Tacit, a. Etym: [L. tacitus, p.p. of tacere to be silent, to pass over in silence; akin to Goth. to be silent, Icel. , OHG. dagen: cf. F. tacite. Cf. Reticent.] Defn: Done or made in silence; implied, but not expressed; silent; as, tacit consent is consent by silence, or by not interposing an objection. -- Tacit*ly, adv. The tacit and secret theft of abusing our brother in civil contracts. Jer. Taylor.


TACITURN Taci*turn, a. Etym: [L. taciturnus: cf. F. taciturne. See Tacit.] Defn: Habitually silent; not given to converse; not apt to talk or speak. -- Taci*turn*ly, adv. Syn. -- Silent; reserved. Taciturn, Silent. Silent has reference to the act; taciturn, to the habit. A man may be silent from circumstances; he is taciturn from disposition. The loquacious man is at times silent; one who is taciturn may now and then make an effort at conversation.


TACITURNITY Tac`i*turni*ty, n. Etym: [L. taciturnitas: cf. F. taciturnit?.] Defn: Habilual silence, or reserve in speaking. The cause of Addison's taciturnity was a natural diffidence in the company of strangers. V. Knox. The taciturnity and the short answers which gave so much offense. Macaulay.


TACK Tack, n. Etym: [From an old or dialectal form of F. tache. See Techy.] 1. A stain; a tache. [Obs.] 2. Etym: [Cf. L. tactus.] Defn: A peculiar flavor or taint; as, a musty tack. [Obs. or Colloq.] Drayton.


TACK Tack, n. Etym: [OE. tak, takke, a fastening; akin to D. tak a branch, twig, G. zacke a twig, prong, spike, Dan. takke a tack, spike; cf. also Sw. tagg prickle, point, Icel. tag a willow twig, Ir. taca a peg, nail, fastening, Gael. tacaid, Armor. & Corn. tach; perhaps akin to E. take. Cf. Attach, Attack, Detach, Tag an end, Zigzag.] 1. A small, short, sharp-pointed nail, usually having a broad, flat head. 2. That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix. See Tack, v. t., 3. Macaulay. Some tacks had been made to money bills in King Charles's time. Bp. Burnet. 3. (Naut.) (a) A rope used to hold in place the foremost lower corners of the courses when the vessel is closehauled (see Illust. of Ship); also, a rope employed to pull the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom. (b) The part of a sail to which the tack is usually fastened; the foremost lower corner of fore-and-aft sails, as of schooners (see Illust. of Sail). (c) The direction of a vessel in regard to the trim of her sails; as, the starboard tack, or port tack; -- the former when she is closehauled with the wind on her starboard side; hence, the run of a vessel on one tack; also, a change of direction. 4. (Scots Law) Defn: A contract by which the use of a thing is set, or let, for hire; a lease. Burrill. 5. Confidence; reliance. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. Tack of a flag (Naut.), a line spliced into the eye at the foot of the hoist for securing the flag to the halyards. -- Tack pins (Naut.), belaying pins; -- also called jack pins. -- To haul the tacks aboard (Naut.), to set the courses. -- To hold tack, to last or hold out. Milton.


TACK Tack, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tacked; p. pr. & vb. n. Tacking.] Etym: [Cf. OD. tacken to touch, take, seize, fix, akin to E. take. See Tack a small nail.] 1. To fasten or attach. In hopes of getting some commendam tacked to their sees. Swift. And tacks the center to the sphere. Herbert. 2. Especially, to attach or secure in a slight or hasty manner, as by stitching or nailing; as, to tack together the sheets of a book; to tack one piece of cloth to another; to tack on a board or shingle; to tack one piece of metal to another by drops of solder. 3. In parliamentary usage, to add (a supplement) to a bill; to append; -- often with on or to. Macaulay. 4. (Naut.) Defn: To change the direction of (a vessel) when sailing closehauled, by putting the helm alee and shifting the tacks and sails so that she will proceed to windward nearly at right angles to her former course. Note: In tacking, a vessel is brought to point at first directly to windward, and then so that the wind will blow against the other side.


TACK Tack, v. i. (Naut.) Defn: To change the direction of a vessel by shifting the position of the helm and sails; also (as said of a vessel), to have her direction changed through the shifting of the helm and sails. See Tack, v. t., 4. Monk, . . . when he wanted his ship to tack to larboard, moved the mirth of his crew by calling out, Wheel to the left. Macaulay.


TACKER Tacker, n. Defn: One who tacks.


TACKET Tacket, n. Etym: [Dim. of tack a small nail.] Defn: A small, broad-headed nail. [Scot.] Jamieson.


TACKEY Tackey, a. & n. Defn: See Tacky.

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