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Definition of the adverb aback
What does aback mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?
- having the wind against the forward side of the sails
- example: the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback
- by surprise
- example: taken aback by the caustic remarks
Alternative definition of the adverb aback
- [rare] Towards the back or rear; backwards; away.
- Behind; in the rear.
- [nautical] Backward against the mast; said of the sails when pressed by the wind from the "wrong" (forward) side.
Definition of the noun aback
What does aback mean as a name of something?
- [obsolete] An abacus.
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by Robert Allen
aback be taken aback to be surprised or disconcerted. Aback is an Old English word meaning 'backward', 'to the rear', and survives in ...
Encyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)
Miscellaneous and lexicographical, vol. 1
ABACK. ABACUS. W ABAND. ABANTlAS. ABANTI AS. ABXss. \A~ ABASH. ABASSl. M ABATE',v. AAR~ name in North Jutland, extremely fertile, woody, and HUUS- well watered by several lakes and rivers. The town is ABA—CK large and ...
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- Sails Aback
This one is for the sailors: here the sails are aback as the Lady Washington tacks. The wind is on the wrong side and they are pressed against the mast and rigging. This almost never happens in a sloop rig, but it brings the bow across the wind in a square rigged boat. Below you can find a description of a square rig tacking maneuver.
Being "taken aback" is also an expression meaning unpleasantly surprised. If the wind shifts and takes the sales aback, it is a dangerous situation.
Photo credit: Don McCullough
- ElbowToe Aback
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- Geo Red Green Aback MOMO
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- Brace aback Meaning
Video shows what brace aback means. to bring the wind onto the forward side of the sails to slow the ship. Brace aback Meaning. How to pronounce, definition ...
- The Meaning of Aback
Here's the meaning of Aback according to The Vocabuverse, the dictionary where all the definitions are written as rhymes.
- Definition of aback
- Meaning and Pronunciation of ABACK
Word: ABACK Meaning: situated in the rear Example: Peter hold the jib aback.
- Letter A - "Aback" ( adverb )
- Poems for Life - Race against Dictionary - A - 1st word - Aback
Its a poem about people who think that their life have become wonderful and lovely after they have a beloved in their life. But if he/she lefts, sooner or later they ...
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Scrabble value of A1B3A1C3K5
The value of this 5-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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