Dictionary: TAB'RET – TACK'ING

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TAB'RET, n. [See Tabor.]

A tabor. 1 Sam. xviii.

TAB'U-LAR, a. [L. tabularis, from tabula, table.]

  1. In the form of a table; having a flat or square surface.
  2. Having the form of lumina or plates.
  3. Set down in tables; as, a tabular list of substances.
  4. Set in squares. Johnson. Tabular crystal, one in which the prism is very short. Phillips. Tabular spar, in mineralogy, a species of limestone, generally of a grayish white color. It occurs either massive or crystalized, in rectangular four-sided tables. Haüy. Tabular spar is the schaalstein of Werner, and the prismatic augite of Jameson.

TAB'U-LATE, v.t.

  1. To reduce to tables or synopses.
  2. To shape with a flat surface. Johnson.


Having a flat or square flat surface; as, a tabulated diamond. Grew.


  1. The popular name of Icica Tacamahaca, a tree of South America; also of Calophyllum Tacamahaca, a tree of Madagascar and the Isle of Bourbon; and according to the younger Michaux, (but probably by mistake,) of Populus balsamifera, a tree of North America.
  2. There are two sorts of resin which bear this name, one of them said to be the produce of Calophyllum Tacamahaca above mentioned; and the other of Elaphrium tomentosum, sometimes called Fagara octandra, a tree of the island of Curaçoa, and other islands in its neighborhood.

TA'CE, v.i.

From L. taceo, a term used in Italian music, directing to be silent.

TA'CET, v.i.

In music, is used when a vocal or instrumental part is to be silent during a whole movement. Cyc.

TACH, or TACHE, n. [See Tack.]

Something used for taking hold or holding; a catch; a loop; a button. It is found in Scripture, but I believe is not now used in discourse or writing. Exod. xxvi.

TA-CHOM'E-TER, n. [Gr. ταχος, speed, and μετρον.]

A contrivance for indicating minute variations in the velocity of machines.

TACH-Y-DRO'MI-AN, n. [Gr. ταχυς and δρομος, swift course.]

One of a family of wading fowls, and also one of a tribe of Saurian reptiles.


Written in short hand. Gliddon.

TA-CHYG'RA-PHY, n. [Gr. ταχυς, quick, and γραφω, to write.]

The art or practice of quick writing. [We now use stenography and short hand writing.]

TAC'IT, a. [Fr. tacite; L. tacitus, from taceo, to be silent, that is, to stop, or to close. See Tack.]

Silent; implied, but not expressed. Tacit consent is consent by silence, or not interposing an objection. So we say, a tacit agreement or covenant of men to live under a particular government, when no objection or opposition is made; a tacit surrender of a part of our natural rights; a tacit reproach, &c.

TAC'IT-LY, adv.

Silently; by implication; without words; as, he tacitly assented.

TAC'I-TURN, a. [L. taciturnus.]

Habitually silent; not free to converse; not apt to talk or speak. Smollet.

TAC-IT-URN'I-TY, n. [Fr. taciturnité, from L. taciturnitas, from taceo, to be silent.]

Habitual silence or reserve in speaking. Too great loquacity and too great taciturnity by fits. Arbuthnot.


Silently; without conversation.

TACK, or TACHE, n. [Fr. tache.]

A spot. [Not used.]

TACK, n.1 [Ir. taca; Arm. tach.]

  1. A small nail.
  2. A rope used to confine the foremost lower corners of the courses and stay-sails, when the wind crosses the ship's course obliquely; also, a rope employed to pull the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom. Hence,
  3. The part of a sail to which the tack is usually fastened; the foremost lower corner of the courses. Hence,
  4. The course of a ship in regard to the position of her sails; as, the starboard tack, or larboard tack; the former when she is close-hauled with the wind on her starboard, the latter when close-hauled with the wind on her larboard. Mar. Dict. To hold tack, to last or hold out. Tusser. Tack of a flag, a line splised into the eye at the bottom of the tabling, for securing the flag to the halliards.

TACK, n.2

In rural economy, a shelf on which cheese is dried. [Local.] Tack of land, the term of a lease. [Local.]

TACK, v.i.

To change the course of a ship by shifting the tacks and position of the sails from one side to the other. Mar. Dict.

TACK, v.t. [Gr. τασσω, to set, place, ordain, the root of which was ταγω, as appears from its derivatives, ταγεις, ταγμα. Hence Fr. attacher, It. attaccare, Sp. atacar, W. tagu, to stop, Sp. taco, a stopper. See Attach. The primary sense is probably to thrust or send.]

  1. To fasten; to attach. In the solemn or grave style, this word now appears ludicrous; as, to get a commendam tacked to their sees. Swift. And tack the center to the sphere. Herbert.
  2. To unite by stitching together; as, to tack together the sheets of a book; to tack one piece of cloth to another. [In the familiar style, this word is in good use.]
  3. To fasten slightly by nails; as, to tack on a board or shingle.


One who tacks or makes an addition.


A small nail. Barret.

TACK'ING, ppr.

Changing a ship's course.