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Meaning of ABACK

Pronunciation:  u'bak

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

ABACK is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. Behind; in the rear. --Knolles.
    3. (Naut.) Backward against the mast; -- said of the sails
       when pressed by the wind. --Totten.
    {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
       (b) To be suddenly checked, baffled, or discomfited.
  2. \Ab"ack\ ([a^]b"ak), n.
    An abacus. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.