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 for tacking
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tack \Tack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tacked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tacking.] [Cf. OD. tacken to touch, take, seize, fix, akin
     to E. take. See Tack a small nail.]
     1. To fasten or attach. "In hopes of getting some commendam
        tacked to their sees." --Swift.
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              And tacks the center to the sphere.   --Herbert.
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     2. Especially, to attach or secure in a slight or hasty
        manner, as by stitching or nailing; as, to tack together
        the sheets of a book; to tack one piece of cloth to
        another; to tack on a board or shingle; to tack one piece
        of metal to another by drops of solder.
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     3. In parliamentary usage, to add (a supplement) to a bill;
        to append; -- often with on or to; as, to tack on a
        non-germane appropriation to a bill. --Macaulay.
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     4. (Naut.) To change the direction of (a vessel) when sailing
        closehauled, by putting the helm alee and shifting the
        tacks and sails so that she will proceed to windward
        nearly at right angles to her former course.
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     Note: In tacking, a vessel is brought to point at first
           directly to windward, and then so that the wind will
           blow against the other side.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tacking \Tack"ing\, n. (Law)
     A union of securities given at different times, all of which
     must be redeemed before an intermediate purchaser can
     interpose his claim. --Bouvier.
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     Note: The doctrine of tacking is not recognized in American
           law. --Kent.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric
           together [syn: baste, basting, basting stitch,
      2: (nautical) the act of changing tack [syn: tack, tacking]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TACKING, Eng. law. The union of securities given at different times, so as 
  to prevent any intermediate purchasers claiming title to redeem, or 
  otherwise discharge one lien, which is prior, without redeeming or 
  discharging other liens also, which are subsequent to his own title. Jer. 
  Eq. Jur. B. 1, c. 2, Sec. 1, p. 188 to 191; 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 412. 
       2. It is an established doctrine in the English chancery that a bona 
  fide purchaser and without any notice of a defect in his title at the time 
  of the purchase, may lawfully buy any statute, mortgage, or encumbrance, and 
  if he can defend by those at law, his adversary shall have no help in equity 
  to set those encumbrances aside, for equity will not disarm such a 
  purchaser. And as mortgagees are considered in equity as purchasers pro 
  tanto, the same doctrine has extended to them, and a mortgagee who has 
  advanced his money without notice of any prior encumbrance, may, by getting 
  an assignment of a statute, judgment, or recognizance, protect himself from 
  any encumbrance subsequent to such statute, judgment or recognizance, though 
  prior to his mortgage; that is, he will be allowed to tack or unite his 
  mortgage to such old security, and will by that means be entitled to recover 
  all moneys for which such security was given, together with the money due on 
  his mortgage, before the prior. mortgagees are entitled to recover anything. 
  2 Fonb. Eq. 306; 2 Cruise, t. 15, c. 5, s. 27; Powell on Morg. Index, h.t.; 
  1 Vern. 188; 8 Com. Dig. 953; Madd. Ch. Index, h.t. 
       3. This doctrine is inconsistent with the laws of the several states, 
  which require the recording of mortgages. Caines' Cas. Er. 112; 1 Hop. C. R. 
  231; 3 Pick. 50; 2 Pick. 517. 
       4. The doctrine of tacking seems to have been acknowledged in the civil 
  law, Code, 8, 27, 1; but see Dig. 13, 7, 8; and see 7 Toull. 110. But this 
  tacking could not take place to the injury of intermediate encumbrancers. 
  Story on Eq. Sec. 1010, and the authorities cited in the note. 

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