KJV Dictionary Definition: tackle



1. A machine for raising or lowering heavy weights, consisting of a rope and blocks, called a pulley.

2. Instruments of action; weapons.

She to her tackle fell.

3. An arrow.

4. The rigging and apparatus of a ship.

Tackle-fall, the rope, or rather the end of the rope of a pulley, which falls and by which it is pulled.

Ground-tackle, anchors, cables, &c.

Gun-tackle, the instruments for hauling cannon in or out.

Tack-tackle, a small tackle to pull down the tacks of the principal sails.

TACK'LE, v.t. To harness; as, to tackle a horse into a gig, sleigh, coach or wagon. A legitimate and common use of the word in America.

1. To seize; to lay hold of; as, a wrestler tackles his antagonist; a dog tackles the game. This is a common popular use of the word in New England, though not elegant. But it retains the primitive idea, to put on, to fall or throw on. See Attack.

2. To supply with tackle.


TACK'LED, pp. Harnessed; seized.

1. Made of ropes tacked together.

My man shall

Bring thee cords, made like a tackled stair.


TACK'LING, ppr. Harnessing; putting on harness; seizing; falling on.

TACK'LING, n. Furniture of the masts and yards of a ship, as cordage, sails, &c.

1. Instruments of action; as fishing tackling.

2. Harness; the instruments of drawing a carriage.