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tackle

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tackle \Tac"kle\ (?; sometimes improperly pronounced ?, especially by seamen), noun [OE. takel, akin to LG. & D. takel, Dan. takkel, Sw. tackel; perhaps akin to E. taw, verb (used with an object), or to take.]

1. 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}.

2. 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." --Hudibras.

Note: In Chaucer, it denotes usually an arrow or arrows.

3. (Naut.) The rigging and apparatus of a ship; also, any purchase where more than one block is used.

{Fall and tackle}. See the Note under {Pulley}.

{Fishing tackle}. See under {Fishing}, adjective

{Ground tackle} (Naut.), anchors, cables, etc.

{Gun tackle}, the apparatus or appliances for hauling cannon in or out.

{Tackle fall}, the rope, or rather the end of the rope, of a tackle, to which the power is applied.

{Tack tackle} (Naut.), a small tackle to pull down the tacks of the principal sails.

{Tackle board}, {Tackle post} (Ropemaking), a board, frame, or post, at the end of a ropewalk, for supporting the spindels, or whirls, for twisting the yarns.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

tackle \tac"kle\ n. (Football)

1. An act of tackling[4]; as, brought down by a tackle by a lineman. [PJC]

2. (Football) One of two linemen on a football team, occupying a position between the guard and an end; also, the position played by such a tackle. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tackle \Tac"kle\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Tackled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tackling}.] [Cf. LG. takeln to equip. See {Tackle}, noun]

1. To supply with tackle. --Beau. & Fl.

2. To fasten or attach, as with a tackle; to harness; as, to tackle a horse into a coach or wagon. [Colloq.]

3. 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. --Dublin Univ. Mag.

4. (Football) To cause the ball carrier to fall to the ground, thus ending the forward motion of the ball and the play. [PJC]

5. To begin to deal with; as, to tackle the problem. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

tackle

noun

1: the person who plays that position on a football team; "the right tackle is a straight A student"

2: gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails [syn: {rigging}, {tackle}]

3: gear used in fishing [syn: {fishing gear}, {tackle}, {fishing tackle}, {fishing rig}, {rig}]

4: (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage; "it takes a big man to play tackle"

5: (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground

verb

1: accept as a challenge; "I'll tackle this difficult task" [syn: {undertake}, {tackle}, {take on}]

2: put a harness; "harness the horse" [syn: {harness}, {tackle}] [ant: {unharness}]

3: seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball

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