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tackle (rigging)

Definition:

gear consisting of ropes, and so on, supporting a ship's masts and sails

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

tackles

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

rigging

Etymology:

[noun] "apparatus, gear", from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German ... | [verb] ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Rigging

the apparatus through which the force of the wind is used to propel sailboats and sailing ships forward. This includes masts, yards, sails, and cordage. Rigging is the mechanical sailing apparatus attached to the hull in order to move the boat as a... (43 of 1830 words, 5 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rigging

Rigging (disambiguation)

may refer to: Rigging, the mechanical sailing apparatus attached to a sailing ship. | Standing rigging, fixed in position while the boat is under sail to support mast and spars | Running rigging, changed often while under sail to raise, lower and... (40 of 201 words, 14 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rigging (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

rigging [ship equipment]

the sails, masts, booms, yards, stays, and lines of a sailing vessel, or its cordage only. The basis of all rigging is the mast, which may be composed ... (28 of 208 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/503439​/rigging

Collins Dictionary:

rigging | rig | gear [synonym, sense-specific]

the shrouds, stays, halyards, etc, of a vessel | the bracing wires, struts, and lines of a biplane, balloon, etc | any form of lifting gear, tackle, ... (25 of 590 words, 13 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rigging

Merriam-Webster:

rigging | clothing [synonym, sense-specific] | apparel [synonym, sense-specific] | attire [synonym, sense-specific] | clobber [British, slang, synonym, sense-specific] | clothes [synonym, sense-specific] | costumery [synonym, sense-specific] | dress [synonym, sense-specific] | duds [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

lines and chains used aboard a ship especially in working sail and ... | "clothing" (14 of 175 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rigging

Oxford Dictionary:

rigging

the system of ropes or chains employed to support a ship's masts (standing ... | the system of cables and fittings controlling the flight surfaces and ... (25 of 94 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rigging

Columbia Encyclopedia:

rigging

the wires, ropes, and chains employed to support and operate the masts, yards, booms, and sails of a vessel. Standing rigging is semipermanent, ... (23 of 68 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0841900​.html

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rigging [uncountable]

the ropes and chains used for supporting a ship's sails and masts | the act of organizing something in a dishonest way in order to produce a ... (26 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rigging

Wiktionary:

rigging | riggings [plural]

[nautical] The system of ropes, chains, and tackle used to support and control the masts, sails, and yards of a ship | Similar supporting material for construction work | Present participle of rig. (31 of 36 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rigging

Cambridge Dictionary:

rigging [entry 1]

when someone arranges dishonestly for the result of something, for example an election, to be changed (16 of 36 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rigging 1

rigging [entry 2]

the ropes which support and control a ship's sails (9 of 18 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rigging 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

rigging

[nautical] The system of ropes, chains, and tackle used to support and control the masts, sails, and yards of a sailing vessel. | The supporting ... (24 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rigging

Random House Dictionary:

rigging | clothing [informal, synonym, sense-specific]

the ropes, chains, etc., employed to support and work the masts, yards, sails, etc., on a ship. | lifting or hauling tackle. | [informal] clothing (23 of 30 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/rigging

New World Dictionary:

rigging

the ropes, chains, and other gear used to support, position, and control the masts, sails, yards, etc. of a vessel | [United States] equipment; gear (24 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rigging

Encarta Dictionary:

rigging

the ropes, wires, and pulleys that support the masts and control the sails of a boat | the system of ropes, pulleys, and other equipment used to shift ... (27 of 69 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702763​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

tackle

First use: mid-13th century | mid-14th century

Origin: [noun] "apparatus, gear", from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German ... | [verb] "entangle, involve", from "tackle" (Noun). Sense of "to furnish (a ship) ... (27 of 158 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=tackle

Oxford Dictionary:

tackle | wedding tackle

Origin: Middle English (denoting equipment for a specific task): probably from Middle Low German takel, from taken "lay hold of". Early senses ... (21 of 36 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tackle

Wiktionary:

tackle | tackled [past tense] | tackling [present participle] | tackles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English takel ("gear, apparatus"), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German takel ("ship's rigging"), perhaps related to Middle Dutch taken ("to grasp, seize"). Akin to Danish takkel ("tackle"), Swedish... (30 of 35 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tackle

New World Dictionary:

tackle | tackled [past tense] | tackling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English takel from Middle Dutch, pulley, rope, equipment in general, probably akin to Middle Low German tacken, to touch, press, ... (21 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tackle

American Heritage Dictionary:

tackle | tackled [past tense] | tackling [present participle] | tackles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English takel, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; perhaps akin to Middle Dutch taken, to seize, grasp.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tackle

Collins Dictionary:

tackle [nautical]

First use: 13th century

Origin: related to Middle Low German takel ship's rigging, Middle Dutch taken to take

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tackle

Merriam-Webster:

tackle [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English takel; akin to Middle Dutch takel ship's rigging

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tackle

Encarta Dictionary:

tackle | tackles [plural] | tackled [past tense] | tackling [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Probably from Low German takel "ship's rigging" from taken "seize"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698736​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

tackle [nautical]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "tackle"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "tackle"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tackle

Macmillan British Dictionary:

tackle | tackled [past tense] | tackling [present participle] | tackles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tackle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tackle

tackle [noun] | tackles [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tackle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tackle 17

Macmillan American Dictionary:

tackle [verb] | tackled [past tense] | tackling [present participle] | tackles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tackle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/tackle

tackle [noun] | tackles [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tackle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/tackle 17

Cambridge Dictionary:

tackle [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "tackle"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "tackle"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tackle 2

the Free Dictionary:

tackle

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "tackle"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "tackle"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "tackle" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/tackle

Google Dictionary:

tackle | tackles [plural] | tackled [past tense] | tackling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "tackle"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

tackle

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tackle"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=tackle​02 word=tackle

tackle

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tackle"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=tackle​01 word=tackle

YourDictionary Audio:

tackle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tackle" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tackle

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