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Wordnet 3.0

ADVERB (2)

1. having the wind against the forward side of the sails;
- Example: "the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback"

2. by surprise;
- Example: "taken aback by the caustic remarks"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 2. Behind; in the rear. --Knolles. [1913 Webster] 3. (Naut.) Backward against the mast; -- said of the sails when pressed by the wind. --Totten. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Aback \Ab"ack\ ([a^]b"ak), n. An abacus. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

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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