Definition of Ground tackle

1. Noun. A mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving.

Exact synonyms: Anchor
Terms within: Flue, Fluke, Shank, Stem
Specialized synonyms: Grapnel, Grapnel Anchor, Mooring Anchor, Mushroom Anchor, Sheet Anchor, Waist Anchor
Generic synonyms: Claw, Hook
Group relationships: Vessel, Watercraft
Derivative terms: Anchor

Definition of Ground tackle

1. Noun. (nautical) equipment, such as anchors, cables, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ground Tackle

ground roller
ground rose
ground rule
ground rules
ground shark
ground sharks
ground sloth
ground snake
ground spider
ground squirrel
ground state
ground stroke
ground substance
ground swell
ground swells
ground tackle (current term)
ground tissue
ground water
ground wave
ground zero
ground zeroes

Literary usage of Ground tackle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Modern Seamanship by Austin Melvin Knight (1921)
"ground tackle. The form of anchor commonly used throughout the world from the beginning of the last century up to about 1875 was, in most essentials, ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1831)
"... beginning of the winter of 1824-^5, that this plant flowered on the 30th of December, in the streets of Boston. ground tackle ; a general name given to ..."

3. The New-York Legal Observer by Samuel Owen (1846)
"That the vessel had adequate ground tackle is an indisputable fact ; but it is alleged that it was not in a state to be used with the requisite facility and ..."

4. Seamanship: Comp. from Various Authorities, and Illustrated with Numerous by Stephen Bleecker Luce (1877)
"After satisfying himself in regard to the ground tackle, the navigator returns to the quarter-deck, to pilot the ship in. ..."

5. Encyclopædia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1838)
"ground tackle ; a general name given to all sorts of ropes and furniture which belong to the anchors, or which are employed in securing a ship in a road or ..."

6. Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea by Richard Henry Dana (1911)
"Fair or foul, he wants to have nothing to do with the ground- tackle between port and port. One of our hands, too, had unluckily fallen upon a half of an ..."

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