meaning of aback

aback meaning in General Dictionary

An abacus

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  • towards the trunk or backside backward
  • getting the wind contrary to the forward region of the sails
  • by surprise
  • Toward the rear or rear; backward.
  • Behind; in rear.
  • Backward resistant to the mast; -- said regarding the sails whenever pushed by the wind.
  • An abacus.

aback meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, from Old English on b


aback meaning in Sports Dictionary

if the wind is regarding incorrect region of the sail. (sport: Yachting)


aback meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) Toward the trunk or rear; backwards.

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  • (adv.) Behind; in back.
  • (adv.) Backward resistant to the mast; -- said of the sails whenever pressed by the wind.
  • (n.) An abacus.

Sentence Examples with the word aback

Although taken aback by such intimacy from a stranger, as well as terrified himself, he felt an overwhelming need to comfort her.

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