from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The equipment used in a particular activity, especially in fishing; gear.
  • n. Nautical A system of ropes and blocks for raising and lowering weights of rigging and pulleys for applying tension.
  • n. A rope and its pulley.
  • n. Sports The act of stopping an opposing player carrying the ball, especially by forcing the opponent to the ground, as in football or Rugby.
  • n. Sports The act of obstructing a player in order to cause loss of possession of the ball, as in soccer.
  • n. Football One of two offensive linemen positioned between the guard and the end on either side of the ball.
  • n. Football One of two defensive linemen positioned to the inside of either end.
  • n. Football Either of these positions.
  • transitive v. To grab hold of and wrestle with (an opponent).
  • transitive v. Sports To stop (an opponent carrying the ball), especially by forcing the opponent to the ground.
  • transitive v. Sports To obstruct (a player with the ball) in order to cause loss of possession of the ball.
  • transitive v. To engage or deal with: tackle a perplexing problem.
  • transitive v. To harness (a horse).
  • intransitive v. Sports To tackle an opponent in possession of the ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A system of ropes and blocks used to increase the force applied to the free end of the rope.
  • n. Equipment (rod, reel, line, lure, etc.) used when angling.
  • n. By extension, any piece of equipment, particularly gadgetry.
  • n. A play where a player attempts to take control over the ball from an opponent, as in rugby or football.
  • n. A play where a defender brings the ball carrier to the ground.
  • n. Any instance in which one person forces another to the ground.
  • n. The offensive positions between each guard and end, offensive tackle.
  • n. A person playing that position.
  • n. The defensive positions between two ends, defensive tackle.
  • n. A person playing that position.
  • n. Penis.
  • v. to face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down
  • v. to attempt to take away a ball
  • v. to bring a ball carrier to the ground

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Any instruments of action; an apparatus by which an object is moved or operated; gear; ; formerly, specifically, weapons.
  • n. The rigging and apparatus of a ship; also, any purchase where more than one block is used.
  • n. An act of tackling{4}.
  • n. One of two linemen on a football team, occupying a position between the guard and an end; also, the position played by such a tackle.
  • transitive v. To supply with tackle.
  • transitive v. To fasten or attach, as with a tackle; to harness.
  • transitive v. To seize; to lay hold of; to grapple
  • transitive v. To cause the ball carrier to fall to the ground, thus ending the forward motion of the ball and the play.
  • transitive v. To begin to deal with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To attach by tackle or tackling; make fast to something.
  • Specifically To hitch; harness.
  • To ensnare, as with cords or tackle; entangle.
  • To close or shut with or as if with a fastening; lock; seclude.
  • To furnish with tackle; equip with appliances, as a ship.
  • To attack or fasten upon, in the widest sense; set to work upon in any way; undertake to master, persuade, solve, perform, and so forth: as, to tackle a bully; to tackle a problem.
  • In foot-ball, to seize and stop, as a player while running with the ball: as, he was tackled when within a few feet of the goal.
  • To make an attack or seizure; specifically, to get a grasp or hold, as upon an opponent in foot-ball, to prevent him from running with the ball.
  • n. A watch-tackle purchase used for stretching the backbone of an awning.
  • n. A device or appliance for grasping or clutching an object, connected with means for holding, moving, or manipulating it.
  • n. Hence A mechanism, or apparatus in general, for applying the power of purchase in manipulating, shifting, raising, or lowering objects or materials; a rope and pulley-block, or a combination of ropes and blocks working together, or any similar contrivance for aid in lifting or controlling anything: used either definitely or indefinitely.
  • n. The windlass and its appurtenances, as used for hoisting ore from small depths; also, in general, the cages or kibbles, with their chains and hooks, for raising ore or coal.
  • n. Equipment or gear in general; a combination of appliances: used of arms and armor, harness, anglers' outfit (see fishing-tackle), many mechanical devices, etc.
  • n. The act of tackling; a seizing or grasping; grasp or hold, as of an opponent in foot-ball.
  • n. Either one of two players in the rush-line in foot-ball, stationed next to the end rushers. See rusher, 2.
  • n. Tackles formerly used in heaving down a ship, to keep her from being canted over too much.
  • n. See rolling-tackle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the person who plays that position on a football team
  • n. (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage
  • n. (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground
  • v. put a harness
  • v. seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
  • n. gear used in fishing
  • v. accept as a challenge
  • n. gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English takel, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; perhaps akin to Middle Dutch taken, to seize, grasp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English takel ("gear, apparatus"), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German takel ("ship's rigging"), perhaps related to Middle Dutch taken ("to grasp, seize"). Akin to Danish takkel ("tackle"), Swedish tackel ("tackle"). More at take.



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  • = to deal with

    April 27, 2010

  • Contronymic in the sense: delay vs. expedite, get started.

    January 27, 2007