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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A machine for raising or lowering heavy weights, consisting of a rope and blocks, called a pulley.
2. Instruments of action; weapons.
She to her tackle fell.
3. An arrow.
4. The rigging and apparatus of a ship.
Tackle-fall, the rope, or rather the end of the rope of a pulley, which falls and by which it is pulled.
Ground-tackle, anchors, cables, etc.
Gun-tackle, the instruments for hauling cannon in or out.
Tack-tackle, a small tackle to pull down the tacks of the principal sails.
TACK'LE, v.t. To harness; as, to tackle a horse into a gig, sleigh, coach or wagon. [A legitimate and common use of the word in America.]
1. To seize; to lay hold of; as, a wrestler tackles his antagonist; a dog tackles the game. This is a common popular use of the word in New England, though not elegant. But it retains the primitive idea, to put on, to fall or throw on. [See Attack.]
2. To supply with tackle.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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 v
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

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English takel; akin to Middle Dutch takel ship's rigging Date: 13th century 1. a set of the equipment used in a particular activity ; gear <fishing tackle> 2. a. a ship's rigging b. an assemblage of ropes and pulleys arranged to gain mechanical advantage for hoisting and pulling 3. a. the act or an instance of tackling b. (1) either of two offensive football players positioned on each side of the center and between guard and end (2) either of two football players positioned on the inside of a defensive line II. verb (tackled; tackling) Date: 1600 transitive verb 1. to attach or secure with or as if with tackle 2. a. to seize, take hold of, or grapple with especially with the intention of stopping or subduing b. to seize and throw down or stop (an opposing player with the ball) in football 3. to set about dealing with <tackle the problem> intransitive verb to tackle an opposing player in football tackler noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 equipment for a task or sport (fishing-tackle). 2 a mechanism, esp. of ropes, pulley-blocks, hooks, etc., for lifting weights, managing sails, etc. (block and tackle). 3 a windlass with its ropes and hooks. 4 an act of tackling in football etc. 5 Amer. Football a the position next to the end of the forward line. b the player in this position. --v.tr. 1 try to deal with (a problem or difficulty). 2 grapple with or try to overcome (an opponent). 3 enter into discussion with. 4 obstruct, intercept, or seize and stop (a player running with the ball). 5 secure by means of tackle. Phrases and idioms: tackle-block a pulley over which a rope runs. tackle-fall a rope for applying force to the blocks of a tackle. Derivatives: tackler n. tackling n. Etymology: ME, prob. f. MLG takel f. taken lay hold of

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tackle Tac"kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tackled; p. pr. & vb. n. Tackling.] [Cf. LG. takeln to equip. See Tackle, n.] 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tackle Tac"kle (?; sometimes improperly pronounced ?, especially by seamen), n. [OE. takel, akin to LG. & D. takel, Dan. takkel, Sw. tackel; perhaps akin to E. taw, v.t., 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. 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, a. 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(tackles, tackling, tackled) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If you tackle a difficult problem or task, you deal with it in a very determined or efficient way. The first reason to tackle these problems is to save children's lives... VERB: V n 2. If you tackle someone in a game such as hockey or football, you try to take the ball away from them. If you tackle someone in rugby or American football, you knock them to the ground. Foley tackled the quarterback. VERB: V n Tackle is also a noun. ...a tackle by full-back Brian Burrows. N-COUNT 3. If you tackle someone about a particular matter, you speak to them honestly about it, usually in order to get it changed or done. I tackled him about how anyone could live amidst so much poverty. = confront VERB: V n about wh/n 4. If you tackle someone, you attack them and fight them. He claims Pasolini overtook and tackled him, pushing him into the dirt. VERB: V n 5. Tackle is the equipment that you need for a sport or activity, especially fishing. ...fishing tackle.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Pulley. 2. Equipment, gear, rigging, tackling, furniture, implements, apparatus. 3. Harness, tackling. 4. Weapons, instruments of action. II. v. a. (Local and Colloq.) 1. Harness. 2. Attack, seize, lay hold of, seize upon.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A mistress; also good clothes. The cull has tipt his tackle rum gigging; the fellow has given his mistress good clothes. A man's tackle: the genitals.

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