American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. By surprise: He was taken aback by her caustic remarks.
- adv. Nautical In such a way that the wind pushes against the forward side of a sail or sails.
- adv. Archaic Back; backward.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Toward the back or rear; backward; rearward; regressively.
- On or at the back; behind; from behind.
- Away; aloof.
- Ago: as, “eight days aback,” Ross.
- Nautical, in or into the condition of receiving the wind from ahead; with the wind acting on the forward side: said of a ship or of her sails.
- Figuratively, suddenly or unexpectedly checked, confounded, or disappointed: as, he was quite taken aback when he was refused admittance.
- n. An abacus, or something resembling one, as a flat, square stone, or a square compartment.
- All aback ( nautical), said of sails when they are all flattened against the masts by the wind acting on them from in front.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Toward the back or rear; backward.
- adv. Behind; in the rear.
- adv. (Naut.) Backward against the mast; -- said of the sails when pressed by the wind.
- n. obsolete An abacus.
- adv. by surprise
- adv. having the wind against the forward side of the sails
- From abacus (Wiktionary)
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“Hillary grew up in this culture, so yes she was taken "aback" by these comments; you, others, and obama being so shallow minded and dismissive of someones culture and values is ignorant. obama will never be President.”
“The richness and elegance of the church took me all "aback;" it was so entirely different from anything I had seen, that it was difficult to decide whether I was most charmed by its novelty or its beauty.”
“Options B and D are not correct as the word 'aback' means to get startled by something and does not means the same as the word 'back' which is used in the answer choices B and D.”
“You may be taken aback when you encounter this tiny local bar.”
“But I could tell that even she was taken aback by the degree of their interest.”
“In the interview, he described the last 18 months as “painful” for him and his family, and seemed taken aback by the suggestion, made by his Democratic challengers and many critics outside of New York, that he should step aside.”
“Everybody was taken aback by the frequency of these injuries: the double amputations, the injuries to the penis and testicles," said Holcomb, now a medical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.”
“The first time you tell a patient they're going to have to receive one they are taken aback and apprehensive, but they are remarkably tolerated, he said of the shots.”
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