how to pronounce aback


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“… moment I was taken aback by that moment …”

meanings of aback


  1. In the rear; a distance behind.
  2. By surprise; startled; dumbfounded. (see usage).
  3. 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.
  4. Towards the back or rear; backwards.


  1. An abacus.

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