tack


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tack

the degree of stickiness of an adhesive required to affix a therapeutic foreign substance such as a transdermal delivery device to the skin.

tack

abbreviation for tackle; a horseman's word for saddlery and gear generally.
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The ship is on the off-shore tack and the wind may fail us.
He never went to sleep without spreadin' a box of tacks on the floor, and when it wasn't them it was crumpled newspapers.
She stole a glance at Martin, who was busy putting the boat about on the other tack, and she could have hated him for having made her do an immodest and shameful thing.
And as we laid out on the next tack to wind-ward, I bent a piece of line to a small grappling hook I had seen lying in the bail-hole.
The curtain at the window had been pulled by a heavy hand and hung by one tack, dangling to and fro in the draft through the cracks at the sash.
It is well enough on this tack, but I would have you tell me what I am to do on the other.
The natives did not at all understand the reason of our tacking, and, instead of meeting us at each tack, vainly strove to follow us in our zigzag course.
Running off before the wind with everything to starboard, he came about, and returned close-hauled on the port tack.
She was on the starboard tack, and on the left hand, under the arched foot of the foresail, I could see the sunset still quite bright.
will you get down to brass tacks and strike a trial balance?
His gun is lavishly decorated with brass tacks and vermilion, and provided with a fringed cover, occasionally of buckskin, ornamented here and there with a feather.
Those who knew him or trafficked with him said that when it came to brass tacks he was Danny-on-the-Spot.