noun[mass noun] archaic
Hard dry bread or biscuit, especially as rations for sailors or soldiers.
- The lore associated with ‘saloon pilots’, Hawaii's own name for crackers (or hard tack or sea biscuits), has much fascination.
- The basic army rations were poor, mainly consisting of hard tack biscuits and black coffee.
- He had as well ordered Blair's chambermaids to dress her after she had completed bathing, so that she could have some sustenance other than stale bread and other hard tack eaten on days of leave, but she had yet to emerge into the dining hall.
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