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aback

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Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.
Thomas F. Kennedy
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Etymology 1

  • Middle English abak
  • Anglo-Saxon on bæc "at, on, or toward the back"; formed as a- + back

Adverb

aback (not comparable)

Positive
aback

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (rare) Towards the back or rear; backwards; away.
    Therewith aback she started. - Chaucer
  2. Behind; in the rear.
  3. (nautical) Backward against the mast; said of the sails when pressed by the wind.
    They sailed aback. --- They sailed against the wind.
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Etymology 2

From abacus

Noun

aback

  1. (obsolete) An abacus.
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