Definition of


  1. (noun, act) (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground
  2. (noun, act) (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage
  3. (noun, artifact) gear used in fishing
  4. (noun, artifact) gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails
  5. (noun, person) the person who plays that position on a football team
  6. (verb, competition) seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
  7. (verb, contact) put a harness
  8. (verb, social) accept as a challenge

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Alternate forms of Tackle

Derivations: tackle, tackler

Hyponyms: inspan, rise

Hypernyms: aggress, appurtenance, attach, attack, confront, face, face up, football play, gear, lineman, paraphernalia

Origin of the word Tackle

  1. mid-13c., "apparatus, gear," from M.Du. or M.L.G. takel "the rigging of a ship," perhaps related to M.Du. taken "grasp, seize" (see take), or perhaps from root of tack (1). Meaning "apparatus for fishing" is recorded from late 14c. The noun meaning "act of tackling" in the sporting sense is recorded from 1876 (see tackle (v.)); as the name of a position in Amer. f… more
  2. mid-14c., "entangle, involve," from tackle (n.). Sense of "to furnish (a ship) with tackles" is from c.1400; meaning "to harness a horse" is recorded from 1714. The meaning "lay hold of, come to grips with, attack" is attested from 1828, described by Webster that year as "a common popular use of the word in New England, though not elegant;" fig. sense of "try to deal with" (a t… more

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