Pin vs. Tack

Pin vs. Tack — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Pin and Tack

Pinnoun

A short, straight, stiff piece of wire with a blunt head and a sharp point, used especially for fastening.

Tacknoun

A short, light nail with a sharp point and a flat head.

Pinnoun

Something, such as a safety pin, that resembles such a piece of wire in shape or use.

Tacknoun

A rope for holding down the weather clew of a course.

Pinnoun

A whit; a jot

didn't care a pin about the matter.

Tacknoun

A rope for hauling the outer lower corner of a studdingsail to the boom.

Pinnoun

A thin rod for securing the ends of fractured bones.

Tacknoun

The part of a sail, such as the weather clew of a course, to which this rope is fastened.

Pinnoun

A peg for fixing the crown to the root of a tooth.

Tacknoun

The lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail.

Pinnoun

A cotter pin.

Tacknoun

The position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails.

Pinnoun

The part of a key stem entering a lock.

Tacknoun

The act of changing from one position or direction to another.

Pinnoun

(Music) One of the pegs securing the strings and regulating their tension on a stringed instrument.

Tacknoun

The distance or leg sailed between changes of position or direction.

Pinnoun

(Nautical) A belaying pin.

Tacknoun

An approach to accomplishing a goal or a method of dealing with a problem.

Pinnoun

(Nautical) A thole pin.

Tacknoun

A large, loose stitch made as a temporary binding or as a marker.

Pinnoun

An ornament fastened to clothing by means of a clasp.

Tacknoun

Stickiness, as that of a newly painted surface.

Pinnoun

A rolling pin.

Tacknoun

Food, especially coarse or inferior foodstuffs.

Pinnoun

One of the wooden clubs at which the ball is aimed in bowling.

Tacknoun

The harness for a horse, including the bridle and saddle.

Pinnoun

A flagstick.

Tackverb

To fasten or attach with a tack or tacks

tacked the carpet down.

Pinnoun

See fall.

Tackverb

To fasten or mark (cloth or a seam, for example) with a loose basting stitch.

Pinnoun

pins(Informal) The legs

is steady on his pins.

Tackverb

To put together loosely and arbitrarily

tacked some stories together in an attempt to write a novel.

Pinnoun

(Electronics) A lead on a device that plugs into a socket to connect the device to a system.

Tackverb

To add as an extra item; append

tacked two dollars onto the bill.

Pinnoun

Any of the pegs on the platen of a printer, which engage holes at the edges of paper.

Tackverb

(Nautical) To bring (a vessel) into the wind in order to change course or direction.

Pinnoun

Any of the styluses that form a dot matrix on a printer.

Tackverb

To change the direction of a sailing vessel, especially by turning the bow into and past the direction of the wind

Stand by to tack.

Pinnoun

Any of the small metal prongs at the end of a connector that fit into the holes in a port.

Tackverb

To sail a zigzag course upwind by repeatedly executing such a maneuver.

Pinverb

To fasten or secure with or as if with a pin or pins.

Tackverb

To change tack

The ship tacked to starboard.

Pinverb

To transfix.

Tackverb

To change one's course of action.

Pinverb

To place in a position of trusting dependence

He pinned his faith on an absurdity.

Tacknoun

A small nail with a flat head.

Pinverb

To hold fast; immobilize

He was pinned under the wreckage of the truck.

Tacknoun

A thumbtack.

Pinverb

(Sports) To win a fall from in wrestling.

Tacknoun

(sewing) A loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth.

Pinverb

To give (a woman) a fraternity pin in token of attachment.

Tacknoun

(nautical) The lower corner on the leading edge of a sail relative to the direction of the wind.

Pinadjective

Having a grain suggestive of the heads of pins. Used of leather.

Tacknoun

(nautical) A course or heading that enables a sailing vessel to head upwind. See also reach, gybe.

Pinnoun

A sewing pin or ballhead pin: a needle without an eye (usually) made of drawn-out steel wire with one end sharpened and the other flattened or rounded into a head, used for fastening.

Tacknoun

A direction or course of action, especially a new one.

Pinnoun

A small nail with a head and a sharp point.

Tacknoun

(nautical) The maneuver by which a sailing vessel turns its bow through the wind so that the wind changes from one side to the other.

Pinnoun

A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts.

Pull the pin out of the grenade before throwing it at the enemy.

Tacknoun

(nautical) The distance a sailing vessel runs between these maneuvers when working to windward; a board.

Pinnoun

(wrestling) The victory condition of holding the opponent's shoulders on the wrestling mat for a prescribed period of time.

Tacknoun

(nautical) A rope used to hold in place the foremost lower corners of the courses when the vessel is close-hauled; also, a rope employed to pull the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom.

Pinnoun

A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.

Tacknoun

Any of the various equipment and accessories worn by horses in the course of their use as domesticated animals. Saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales, and breastplates are all forms of horse tack.

Pinnoun

(in plural pins; informal) A leg.

I'm not so good on my pins these days.

Tacknoun

The stickiness of a compound, related to its cohesive and adhesive properties.

The laminate adhesive has very aggressive tack and is hard to move once in place.

Pinnoun

(electricity) Any of the individual connecting elements of a multipole electrical connector.

The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity has three pins.

Tacknoun

Hardtack.

Pinnoun

A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.

Tacknoun

That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix.

Pinnoun

(US) A simple accessory that can be attached to clothing with a pin or fastener, often round and bearing a design, logo or message, and used for decoration, identification or to show political affiliation, etc.

Tacknoun

A contract by which the use of a thing is set, or let, for hire; a lease.

Pinnoun

(chess) A scenario in which moving a lesser piece to escape from attack would expose a more valuable piece to attack.

Tacknoun

(obsolete) Confidence; reliance.

Pinnoun

(golf) The flagstick: the flag-bearing pole which marks the location of a hole

Tacknoun

A stain; a tache.

Pinnoun

(curling) The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)

The shot landed right on the pin.

Tacknoun

(obsolete) A peculiar flavour or taint.

Pinnoun

(dated) A mood, a state of being.

Tackverb

To nail with a tack (small nail with a flat head).

Pinnoun

One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each person should drink.

Tackverb

To sew/stich with a tack (loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth).

Pinnoun

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Tackverb

(nautical) To maneuver a sailing vessel so that its bow turns through the wind, i.e. the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other.

Pinnoun

A thing of small value; a trifle.

Tackverb

To add something as an extra item.

to tack (something) onto (something)

Pinnoun

A peg in musical instruments for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings.

Tackverb

Often paired with "up", to place the tack on a horse.

Pinnoun

(engineering) A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.

Tacknoun

the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails

Pinnoun

The tenon of a dovetail joint.

Tacknoun

a short nail with a sharp point and a large head

Pinnoun

A size of brewery cask, equal to half a firkin, or eighth of a barrel.

Tacknoun

gear for a horse

Pinnoun

(informal) A pinball machine.

I spent most of my time in the arcade playing pins.

Tacknoun

(nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind

Pinverb

(often followed by a preposition such as "to" or "on") To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.

Tacknoun

(nautical) the act of changing tack

Pinverb

To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.

Tacknoun

sailing a zigzag course

Pinverb

(wrestling) To pin down (someone).

Tackverb

fasten with tacks;

tack the notice on the board

Pinverb

To enclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.

Tackverb

turn into the wind;

The sailors decided to tack the boatThe boat tacked

Pinverb

To attach (an icon, application, etc.) to another item.

to pin a window to the Taskbar

Tackverb

make by putting pieces together;

She pieced a quiltHe tacked together some verses

Pinverb

To fix (an array in memory, a security certificate, etc.) so that it cannot be modified.

When marshaling data, the interop marshaler can copy or pin the data being marshaled.

Tackverb

sew together loosely, with large stitches;

baste a hem

Pinverb

alternative form of peen

Tackverb

fix to; attach;

append a charm to the necklace

Pinnoun

a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment

Tackverb

reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Pinnoun

when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat

Pinnoun

small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.

Pinnoun

a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts

Pinnoun

informal terms of the leg;

fever left him weak on his sticks

Pinnoun

axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns

Pinnoun

cylindrical tumblers consisting of two parts that are held in place by springs; when they are aligned with a key the bolt can be thrown

Pinnoun

flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green

Pinnoun

a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things

Pinnoun

a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing

Pinnoun

a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in groups as a target

Pinverb

to hold fast or prevent from moving;

The child was pinned under the fallen tree

Pinverb

attach or fasten with pins

Pinverb

pierce with a pin;

pin down the butterfly

Pinverb

immobilize a piece