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Definitions for aback
əˈbækaback

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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

Examples of aback in a Sentence

  1. James Nerison:

    I was taken aback by the fact that my boat was finally going to be restored.

  2. Jessie Close:

    She said,' I need help. I can't stop thinking about killing Jessie Close.' And I was taken aback.

  3. Attorney Casey Yontz:

    I was immediately taken aback and told him he needed to seek legal recourse immediately, keith sat on the email way too long.

  4. Suniya Luthar:

    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.

  5. Zach Adamson:

    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.

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