having the wind against the forward side of the sails
"the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback"
"taken aback by the caustic remarks"
toward the back or rear; backward
behind; in the rear
backward against the mast; -- said of the sails when pressed by the wind
Origin: [Pref. a- + back; AS. on bc at, on, or toward the back. See Back.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
The numerical value of aback in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of aback in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I was immediately taken aback and told him he needed to seek legal recourse immediately, keith sat on the email way too long.
I was a little taken aback to see that apparently preadolescence is the new adolescence or junior high school or middle school is the new high school.
I've been taken aback by the mischaracterizations from outside the state of Indiana about what is in this bill. this isn't 1950 Alabama; it's 2015 Indiana.
This is all new to me. I didn't go out to specifically bash a transgender person that day. I was taken aback by the situation, this is about me and how I felt unsafe. I should feel safe in there.
We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners, we must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.
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- إلى الخلفArabic
- заднишком, отзад, назадBulgarian
- পেছন দিকেBengali
- bagi, bakDanish
- rückwärts, hintenGerman
- προς τα πίσωGreek
- atrás, hacia atrásSpanish
- tagasi, tagaspidi, tagurpidiEstonian
- غافلگیرشدن, یکه خوردن, جاخوردنPersian
- takana, taaksepäin, pakki, takaisin, perässäFinnish
- en arrièreFrench
- air aisScottish Gaelic
- पीछ॓ की ओर, बोचक्कHindi
- all'indietro, dietro, a, di, colloItalian
- achteraan, rugwaarts, achterwaartsDutch
- wstecz, do tyłu, z tyłu, bieg wstecznyPolish
- para, trás, atrásPortuguese
- назад, [[про́тив]] [[ве́тра]], сза́ди, позади́Russian
- geriye, pupadaTurkish
- lùi lại, trở lại, đằng sau, vềVietnamese
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