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3 definitions found
 for Aback
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aback \A*back"\ ([.a]*b[a^]k"), adv. [Pref. a- + back; AS. on
     b[ae]c at, on, or toward the back. See Back.]
     1. Toward the back or rear; backward. "Therewith aback she
        started." --Chaucer.
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     2. Behind; in the rear. --Knolles.
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     3. (Naut.) Backward against the mast; -- said of the sails
        when pressed by the wind. --Totten.
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     To be taken aback.
        (a) To be driven backward against the mast; -- said of the
            sails, also of the ship when the sails are thus
            driven.
        (b) To be suddenly checked, baffled, or discomfited.
            --Dickens.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aback \Ab"ack\ ([a^]b"ak), n.
     An abacus. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  aback
      adv 1: having the wind against the forward side of the sails;
             "the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback"
      2: by surprise; "taken aback by the caustic remarks"

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