The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tackle \Tac"kle\ (?; sometimes improperly pronounced ?,
especially by seamen), n. [OE. takel, akin to LG. & D. takel,
Dan. takkel, Sw. tackel; perhaps akin to E. taw, v. t., or to
1. Apparatus for raising or lowering heavy weights,
consisting of a rope and pulley blocks; sometimes, the
rope and attachments, as distinct from the block, in which
case the full appratus is referred to as a block and
2. Any instruments of action; an apparatus by which an object
is moved or operated; gear; as, fishing tackle, hunting
tackle; formerly, specifically, weapons. "She to her
tackle fell." --Hudibras.
Note: In Chaucer, it denotes usually an arrow or arrows.
3. (Naut.) The rigging and apparatus of a ship; also, any
purchase where more than one block is used.
Fall and tackle. See the Note under Pulley.
Fishing tackle. See under Fishing, a.
Ground tackle (Naut.), anchors, cables, etc.
Gun tackle, the apparatus or appliances for hauling cannon
in or out.
Tackle fall, the rope, or rather the end of the rope, of a
tackle, to which the power is applied.
Tack tackle (Naut.), a small tackle to pull down the tacks
of the principal sails.
Tackle board, Tackle post (Ropemaking), a board, frame,
or post, at the end of a ropewalk, for supporting the
spindels, or whirls, for twisting the yarns.