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Definition of the adverb aback

What does aback mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?

adverb

  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

Alternative definition of the adverb aback

adverb

  1. [rare] Towards the back or rear; backwards; away.
  2. Behind; in the rear.
  3. [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?

noun

  1. [obsolete] An abacus.

Phrases with aback

  1. take aback
  2. Brace Aback
  3. taken aback

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for aback

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Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

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 ...

Google previewThe dictionary of trade, commerce and navigation (1844)

Aback .

Google previewEncyclopaedia 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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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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