Definition of Aback in English :

Define Aback in English

Aback meaning in English

Meaning of Aback in English

Pronunciation of Aback in English

Aback pronunciation in English

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1. aback

having the wind against the forward side of the sails

Example Sentences:
'the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback'

2. aback

by surprise

Example Sentences:
'taken aback by the caustic remarks'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of aback
1.  taken aback
2. rare
towards the back; backwards

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see synonyms of aback
1.  Archaic
backward; back
2.  Nautical
backward against the mast, as the sails of a square-rigged vessel in a wind from straight ahead

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see synonyms of aback
1. By surprise: He was taken aback by her caustic remarks.
2. Nautical In such a way that the wind pushes against the forward side of a sail or sails.
3. Archaic Back; backward.

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