Ground 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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  • Ground tackle — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground tackle — [tak′əl; ] naut. [ tā′kəl] n. the anchors, anchor cables, and cable fittings used in anchoring a vessel …   English World dictionary

  • ground tackle — Naut. equipment, as anchors, chains, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings. [1550 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • ground tackle — noun equipment, such as anchors, cables, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings …   Wiktionary

  • ground tackle — noun the equipment used to anchor or moor a boat or ship …   English new terms dictionary

  • ground tackle — noun a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving • Syn: ↑anchor • Derivationally related forms: ↑anchor (for: ↑anchor) • Hypernyms: ↑hook, ↑claw …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground-tackle — …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground — (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of the earth; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ground angling — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ground annual — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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