Fall and tackle
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, in which case the full appratus is referred to as a {block and tackle}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Note: In Chaucer, it denotes usually an arrow or arrows. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) The rigging and apparatus of a ship; also, any purchase where more than one block is used. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fall and tackle — Pulley Pul ley, n.; pl. {Pulleys}. [F. poulie, perhaps of Teutonic origin (cf. {Poll}, v. t.); but cf. OE. poleine, polive, pulley, LL. polanus, and F. poulain, properly, a colt, fr. L. pullus young animal, foal (cf. {Pullet}, {Foal}). For the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • block and tackle — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • block and tackle — Pulley Pul ley, n.; pl. {Pulleys}. [F. poulie, perhaps of Teutonic origin (cf. {Poll}, v. t.); but cf. OE. poleine, polive, pulley, LL. polanus, and F. poulain, properly, a colt, fr. L. pullus young animal, foal (cf. {Pullet}, {Foal}). For the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tackle fall — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tackle board — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tackle post — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fall — [fôl] vi. fell, fallen, falling [ME fallen < OE feallan, to fall, akin to Ger fallen < IE base * phol , to fall > Lith púolu, to fall] I to come down by the force of gravity; drop; descend 1. to come down because detached, pushed,… …   English World dictionary

  • tackle — 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall — [c]/fɔl / (say fawl) verb (fell, fallen, falling) –verb (i) 1. to descend from a higher to a lower place or position through loss or lack of support; drop. 2. to come down suddenly from a standing or erect position: to fall on one s knees. 3. to… …   Australian English dictionary

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