What does aback mean?

Definitions for abackəˈbæk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word aback.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aback(adverb)

    having the wind against the forward side of the sails

    "the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback"

  2. aback(adverb)

    by surprise

    "taken aback by the caustic remarks"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aback(adverb)

    toward the back or rear; backward

  2. Aback(adverb)

    behind; in the rear

  3. Aback(adverb)

    backward against the mast; -- said of the sails when pressed by the wind

  4. Aback(noun)

    an abacus

  5. Origin: [Pref. a- + back; AS. on bc at, on, or toward the back. See Back.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aback

    a-bak′, adv. (naut.) said of sails pressed backward against the mast by the wind—hence (fig.) Taken aback, taken by surprise, [A.S. on bæc. See On and Back.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aback in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aback in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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