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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 tack•le /ˈtækəl;
for 2-4. ˈteɪkəl/ USA pronunciation n., v., -led, -ling. n.
equipment for fishing: fishing tackle. [ uncountable ]
Buildingany system for lifting or lowering objects that uses pulleys, ropes, and blocks: a heavy-duty tackle for lowering cargo. [ countable ] moving tackle into position to hoist the gear aboard. [ uncountable ]
Nautical, Naval Terms the gear and ropes or rigging of a ship. [ uncountable ]
an act of tackling, as in football. [ countable ]
Sporteither of the linemen in football: One of the tackles went to his right and blocked for the running back. [ countable ] He played tackle for Illinois. [ uncountable ] v.
to work with or begin work on (something), so as to handle or solve it: to tackle a problem. [~ + object ]
Sportto seize, stop, or throw down (a ballcarrier) in football: The quarterback was tackled. [~ + object ] Our team has to tackle better. [no object ] to seize (someone) suddenly, esp. to stop him or her: tackled the intruder. [~ + object ]
tack•ler, n. [ countable ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 tack•le
(tak ′əl or, for 2–4, tā ′kəl), USA pronunciation n., v., -led, -ling. n.
equipment, apparatus, or gear, esp. for fishing: fishing tackle.
Buildinga mechanism or apparatus, as a rope and block or a combination of ropes and blocks, for hoisting, lowering, and shifting objects or materials; purchase.
Buildingany system of leverage using several pulleys.
Nautical, Naval Termsthe gear and running rigging for handling a ship or performing some task on a ship.
an act of tackling, as in football; a seizing, grasping, or bringing down.
either of the linemen stationed between a guard and an end. the position played by this lineman.
(formerly) tack 1 (def. 8). v.t.
to undertake to handle, master, solve, etc.: to tackle a difficult problem.
to deal with (a person) on some problem, issue, etc.
to harness (a horse).
Sport to seize, stop, or throw down (a ball-carrier). [Football. ]
Sport to block or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent having the ball) with the result of depriving the opponent of the ball. [Soccer, Field Hockey. ]
to seize suddenly, esp. in order to stop. v.i.
Sport to tackle an opponent having the ball. [Football. ] tack ′ler, n.
Middle Low German; akin to take Middle English takel gear, apparatus 1200–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
tackle / ˈtæk; əl often ˈteɪk/ əl n any mechanical system for lifting or pulling, esp an arrangement of ropes and pulleys designed to lift heavy weights the equipment required for a particular occupation, etc the halyards and other running rigging aboard a vessel a physical challenge to an opponent, as to prevent his progress with the ball a defensive lineman vb ( transitive) to undertake (a task, problem, etc) ( transitive) to confront (a person, esp an opponent) with a difficult proposition (esp in football games) to challenge (an opponent) with a tackle Etymology: 13 th Century: related to Middle Low German takel ship's rigging, Middle Dutch taken to take ˈtackler n
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