Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating

ground tackle

noun, Nautical.
equipment, as anchors, chains, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings.
Origin of ground tackle
1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ground-tackle
Historical Examples
  • The ground-tackle was good; it had caught hold of a rock and held on.

    My Doggie and I R.M. Ballantyne
  • All the same, this looked as though she were pretty hard on her ground-tackle.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Captain Truck nodded, and proceeded to look into the condition of his ground-tackle.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • Sure enough, Daggett appeared more disposed to trust to his canvass, than to his ground-tackle.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • They've reached their anchorage, and we may get our ground-tackle ready as soon as we like!'

  • It is well named--if there ever was an anchor-watch, you keep it here: for no ground-tackle will ever hold like this.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Swash was not long in getting her ground-tackle, and the brig was soon seen with her topsail aback, waiting to cat the anchor.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper

Word of the Day

Word Value for ground

Scrabble Words With Friends