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tac·tic

 (tăk′tĭk)
n.
A plan or action for achieving a goal; a maneuver.

[French tactique, tactics, from Greek taktika; see tactics.]

tactic

(ˈtæktɪk)
n
a piece of tactics; tactical move. See also tactics

tac•tic

(ˈtæk tɪk)

n.
2. a system or a detail of tactics.
3. a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end.
adj.
4. of or pertaining to arrangement or order; tactical.
[1560–70; < New Latin tacticus < Greek taktikós fit for arranging or ordering =tag-, base of tássein to arrange, put in order + -tikos -tic]

-tactic

or

-taxic

a combining form used in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -taxis: stereotactic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tactic - a plan for attaining a particular goaltactic - a plan for attaining a particular goal
plan of action - a plan for actively doing something

tactic

noun
1. policy, approach, course, way, means, move, line, scheme, plans, method, trick, device, manoeuvre, tack, ploy, stratagem His tactic to press on paid off.
plural noun
1. strategy, campaigning, manoeuvres, generalship guerrilla tactics

tactic

noun
1. An action calculated to achieve an end:
maneuver, measure (often used in plural), move, procedure, step.
2. A method of deploying troops and equipment in combat:
Translations

tactic

[ˈtæktɪk] Ntáctica f

tactic

[ˈtæktɪk]
ntactique f tactics
npl (= strategy) → tactique f

tactic

nTaktik f

tactic

[ˈtæktɪk] ntattica
see also tactics
References in classic literature ?
In a few short years he revolutionized, not the strategy or tactics of sea-warfare, but the very conception of victory itself.
But Stremov, who had felt stung to the quick at the last sitting, had, on the reception of the commission's report, resorted to tactics which Alexey Alexandrovitch had not anticipated.
The latter conducted himself like a past-master in the art of flattery: he admired all Monk's tactics, and the ordering of his camp, he joked very pleasantly upon the circumvallations of Lambert's camp, who had, he said, very uselessly given himself the trouble to inclose a camp for twenty thousand men, whilst an acre of ground would have been quite sufficient for the corporal and fifty guards who would perhaps remain faithful to him.
First of all the horse, for at that time the strength and excellence of the army depended on the horse, for as to the heavy-armed foot they were useless without proper discipline; but the art of tactics was not known to the ancients, for which reason their strength lay in their horse: but when cities grew larger, and they depended more on their foot, greater numbers partook of the freedom of the city; for which reason what we call republics were formerly called democracies.
Then, changing his tactics, he said roughly: "I suppose you realize that you are your sister's protector?
I have had some opportunities of studying the conditions under which Nietzsche is read in Germany, France, and England, and I have found that, in each of these countries, students of his philosophy, as if actuated by precisely similar motives and desires, and misled by the same mistaken tactics on the part of most publishers, all proceed in the same happy-go- lucky style when "taking him up.
Again, as on the preceding day, I had recourse to earthly tactics, and swinging my right fist full upon the point of his chin I followed it with a smashing left to the pit of his stomach.
And although a complete proof of this latter cannot be shown, nevertheless there was some evidence of it at the battle of Ravenna, when the Spanish infantry were confronted by German battalions, who follow the same tactics as the Swiss; when the Spaniards, by agility of body and with the aid of their shields, got in under the pikes of the Germans and stood out of danger, able to attack, while the Germans stood helpless, and, if the cavalry had not dashed up, all would have been over with them.
And all these proposals, based on strategics and tactics, contradict each other.
It's the exact knowledge they have as to our dispositions, our most secret and sudden change of tactics.
Before he could release it I had run him through, and then, falling back upon the tactics that have saved me a hundred times in tight pinches, I rushed the two remaining warriors, forcing them back with a perfect torrent of cuts and thrusts, weaving my sword in and out about their guards until I had the fear of death upon them.
But the arrows of the invaders were taking a much heavier toll than the nooses of the defenders and I fore-saw that it was but a matter of time before Hooja's forces must conquer unless the brute-men changed their tactics, or the cave men tired of the battle.