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aback


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aback  \Ab"ack\  ([a^]b"ak),  n. 
  An  abacus.  [Obs.]  --B.  Jonson 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aback  \A*back"\  ([.a]*b[a^]k"),  adv  [Pref.  a-  +  back  AS  on 
  b[ae]c  at  on  or  toward  the  back  See  {Back}.] 
  1.  Toward  the  back  or  rear;  backward.  ``Therewith  aback  she 
  started.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Behind;  in  the  rear.  --Knolles. 
 
  3.  (Naut.)  Backward  against  the  mast;  --  said  of  the  sails 
  when  pressed  by  the  wind.  --Totten. 
 
  {To  be  taken  aback}. 
  a  To  be  driven  backward  against  the  mast;  --  said  of  the 
  sails,  also  of  the  ship  when  the  sails  are  thus 
  driven. 
  b  To  be  suddenly  checked,  baffled,  or  discomfited. 
  --Dickens. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aback 
  adv  1:  having  the  wind  against  the  forward  side  of  the  sails;  "the 
  ship  came  up  into  the  wind  with  all  yards  aback" 
  2:  by  surprise;  "taken  aback  by  the  caustic  remarks" 




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