- (usually used with a singular verb) the art or science of disposing military or naval forces for battle and maneuvering them in battle.
- (used with a plural verb) the maneuvers themselves.
- (used with a singular verb) any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success.
- (usually used with a singular verb) Linguistics.
- the patterns in which the elements of a given level or stratum in a language may combine to form larger constructions.
- the study and description of such patterns.
- tactics(def 1).
- a system or a detail of tactics.
- a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result.
- of or relating to arrangement or order; tactical.
- (functioning as singular) military the art and science of the detailed direction and control of movement or manoeuvre of forces in battle to achieve an aim or task
- the manoeuvres used or plans followed to achieve a particular short-term aim
- a piece of tactics; tactical moveSee also tactics
n.1620s, from Modern Latin tactica (17c.), from Greek taktike techne “art of arrangement,” noun use of fem. of taktikos “of or pertaining to arrangement,” especially “tactics in war,” adjective to taxis “order,” verbal noun of tassein “arrange,” from PIE root *tag- “to set aright.” n.1766, from Modern Latin tactica, from Greek taktike (tekhne) “(art of) arrangement,” from fem. of taktikos (see tactics). Earlier it meant “a tactician” (1630s), and was in use as an adjective meaning “tactical” (c.1600).