DRess; tackle; especially (Naut.), the ropes, chains, etc., that support the masts and spars of a vessel, and serve as purchases for adjusting the sails, etc. See Illustr. of Ship and Sails.
- Nautical The system of ropes, chains, and tackle used to support and control the masts, sails, and yards of a sailing vessel.
- The supporting material for construction work.