Meaning of ABACK in English

ABACK

/euh bak"/ , adv.

1. toward the back.

2. Naut. so that the wind presses against the forward side of the sail or sails.

3. taken aback , surprised and disconcerted: I was taken aback by his harsh criticism.

adj. Naut.

4. (of a sail) positioned so that the wind presses against the forward side.

5. (of a yard) positioned so that its sail is laid aback.

[ bef. 1000; ME abak, OE on baec to the rear. See A- 1 , ON, BACK 1 ]

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