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Definitions of aback:

part of speech: adverb

Said of sails pressed backward against the mast by the wind- hence, TAKEN ABACK, taken by surprise.

part of speech: adverb

On the back; backwards, as used by sailors; by surprise; unexpectedly.

part of speech: noun

An abacus.

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mast

A long round piece of timber or iron tube, raised upright on the keel, through the decks, of a vessel to support the sails; any upright pole; the fruit of the oak, beech, etc., especially when used as food for swine. ...

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