Aback

Adverb

  • By surprise; startled; dumbfounded.
  • (archaic) In the rear; a distance behind. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  • (archaic) Towards the back or rear; backwards. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  • (nautical) Backward against the mast; said of the sails when pressed by the wind from the "wrong" (forward) side, or of a ship when its sails are set that way. [First attested in the late 17th century.]

Noun

  • (obsolete) An abacus.

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