ETYM Old Eng. takel, akin to lg. and Dutch takel, Dan. takkel, Swed. tackel; perhaps akin to Eng. taw, v.t, or to take.
1. A set of the equipment used in a particular activity; gear.
2. A ship's rigging; an assemblage of ropes and pulleys arranged to gain mechanical advantage for hoisting and pulling.
3. A position on the line of scrimmage.