1. to harness or attach.
  2. a position in football on the line. There are both Offensive Tackles and Defensive Tackles.
  3. to deal with (as in tackling a problem.
  4. to seize and throw down.

A mistress ; also good clothes.
The cull has tipt his tackle rum gigging ; the fellow has given his mistress good clothes.
A man's tackle : the genitals.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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.]


Apparatus for raising or lowering heavy weights, consisting of a rope and pulley blocks; sometimes, the rope and attachments, as distinct from the block.


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."


⇒ In Chaucer, it denotes usually an arrow or arrows.

3. Naut.

The rigging and apparatus of a ship; also, any purchase where more than one block is used.

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.


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Tac"kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tackled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Tackling.] [Cf. LG. takeln to equip. See Tackle, n.]


To supply with tackle.

Beau. & Fl.


To fasten or attach, as with a tackle; to harness; as, to tackle a horse into a coach or wagon.



To seize; to lay hold of; to grapple; as, a wrestler tackles his antagonist; a dog tackles the game.

The greatest poetess of our day has wasted her time and strength in tackling windmills under conditions the most fitted to insure her defeat. Dublin Univ. Mag.

<-- 4. (Football) To cause the ball carrier to fall to the ground, thus ending the forward motion of the ball.


To begin to deal with; as, to tackle the problem.



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