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Aback Ab"ack ([a^]b"ak), n.
An abacus. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
AbackAback 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
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.
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