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tackling

[tak-ling] /ˈtæk lɪŋ/
noun, Archaic.
1.
equipment; tackle.
Origin of tackling
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see tackle, -ing1
Related forms
untackling, adjective

tackle

[tak-uh l or for 2–4, tey-kuh l] /ˈtæk əl or for 2–4, ˈteɪ kəl/
noun
1.
equipment, apparatus, or gear, especially for fishing:
fishing tackle.
2.
a mechanism or apparatus, as a rope and block or a combination of ropes and blocks, for hoisting, lowering, and shifting objects or materials; purchase.
3.
any system of leverage using several pulleys.
4.
Nautical. the gear and running rigging for handling a ship or performing some task on a ship.
5.
an act of tackling, as in football; a seizing, grasping, or bringing down.
6.
Football.
  1. either of the linemen stationed between a guard and an end.
  2. the position played by this lineman.
7.
(formerly) tack1 (def 8).
verb (used with object), tackled, tackling.
8.
to undertake to handle, master, solve, etc.:
to tackle a difficult problem.
9.
to deal with (a person) on some problem, issue, etc.
10.
to harness (a horse).
11.
Football. to seize, stop, or throw down (a ball-carrier).
12.
Soccer, Field Hockey. to block or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent having the ball) with the result of depriving the opponent of the ball.
13.
to seize suddenly, especially in order to stop.
verb (used without object), tackled, tackling.
14.
Football. to tackle an opponent having the ball.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English takel gear, apparatus < Middle Low German; akin to take
Related forms
tackler, noun
retackle, verb (used with object), retackled, retackling.
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Examples from the Web for tackling
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  • An old statute term for the tackling or furniture of a ship.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • He was tackling a delicate job—like juggling a car-load of dynamite.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • The fatigued remnant of the cavalry division now engaged in tackling the reinforcements that Cronje had so ardently expected.

  • Then I wish you'd stay out a few minutes and let me try to show you about tackling.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He was one of the bigger kids there already, and he was fond of "accidentally" tackling you at the end of a chase.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for tackling

tackle

/ˈtækəl; often nautical ˈteɪkəl/
noun
1.
any mechanical system for lifting or pulling, esp an arrangement of ropes and pulleys designed to lift heavy weights
2.
the equipment required for a particular occupation, etc: fishing tackle
3.
(nautical) the halyards and other running rigging aboard a vessel
4.
(slang) a man's genitals
5.
(sport) a physical challenge to an opponent, as to prevent his progress with the ball
6.
(American football) a defensive lineman
verb
7.
(transitive) to undertake (a task, problem, etc)
8.
(transitive) to confront (a person, esp an opponent) with a difficult proposition
9.
(sport) (esp in football games) to challenge (an opponent) with a tackle
Derived Forms
tackler, noun
Word Origin
C13: related to Middle Low German takel ship's rigging, Middle Dutch taken to take
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Word Origin and History for tackling

tackle

n.

mid-13c., "apparatus, gear," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German takel "the rigging of a ship," perhaps related to Middle Dutch taken "grasp, seize" (see take (v.)), or perhaps from root of tack (n.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 North American football, it is recorded from 1884.

v.

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;" figurative sense of "try to deal with" (a task or problem) is from 1840. The verb in the sporting sense first recorded 1867. Related: Tackled; tackling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tackling in the Bible

(Isa. 33:23), the ropes attached to the mast of a ship. In Acts 27:19 this word means generally the furniture of the ship or the "gear" (27:17), all that could be removed from the ship.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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