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aback - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'aback' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Aback [ adv.]
- Toward the back or rear; backward.
- Behind; in the rear.
- Backward against the mast; -- said of the sails when pressed by the wind.
2 . Aback [ n.]
- An abacus.

Meaning of 'aback' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . aback [ r]
Meaning (1):
- by surprise
Example in sentence:
  • taken aback by the caustic remarks
Meaning (2):
- having the wind against the forward side of the sails
Example in sentence:
  • the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback