Pronunciation: (tak'tiks), [key]
1. (usually used with a sing. v.) the art or science of disposing military or naval forces for battle and maneuvering them in battle.
2. (used with a pl. v.) the maneuvers themselves.
3. (used with a sing. v.) any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success.
4. (usually used with a sing. v.) Ling.
a. the patterns in which the elements of a given level or stratum in a language may combine to form larger constructions.
b. the study and description of such patterns.
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