Shock vs Aback - What's the difference?

shock | aback |


As nouns the difference between shock and aback

is that shock is sudden, heavy impact or shock can be an arrangement of sheaves for drying, a stook while aback is (obsolete) an abacus.

As a verb shock

is to cause to be emotionally shocked or shock can be to collect, or make up, into a shock or shocks; to stook.

As an adverb aback is

(archaic) towards the back or rear; backwards .

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shock

English

(wikipedia shock)

Alternative forms

* choque (obsolete)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) . More at (l).

Noun

(en noun)
  • Sudden, heavy impact.
  • The train hit the buffers with a great shock .
  • # (figuratively) Something so surprising that it is stunning.
  • # Electric shock, a sudden burst of electric energy, hitting an animate animal such as a human.
  • # Circulatory shock, a life-threatening medical emergency characterized by the inability of the circulatory system to supply enough oxygen to meet tissue requirements.
  • # A sudden or violent mental or emotional disturbance
  • (mathematics) A discontinuity arising in the solution of a partial differential equation.
  • Derived terms
    * bow shock * culture shock * economic shock * electric shock * shock absorber * shock jock * shock mount * shock rock * shock site * shock therapy * shock wave, shockwave * shocker * shocking pink * shockproof * shockumentary * shockvertising * supply shock * technology shock * termination shock * toxic shock syndrome
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    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To cause to be emotionally shocked.
  • The disaster shocked the world.
  • To give an electric shock.
  • (obsolete) To meet with a shock; to meet in violent encounter.
  • * De Quincey
  • They saw the moment approach when the two parties would shock together.

    Etymology 2

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An arrangement of sheaves for drying, a stook.
  • * Tusser
  • Cause it on shocks to be by and by set.
  • * Thomson
  • Behind the master walks, builds up the shocks .
  • (commerce, dated) A lot consisting of sixty pieces; a term applied in some Baltic ports to loose goods.
  • (by extension) A tuft or bunch of something (e.g. hair, grass)
  • a head covered with a shock of sandy hair
  • (obsolete, by comparison) A small dog with long shaggy hair, especially a poodle or spitz; a shaggy lapdog.
  • * 1827 Thomas Carlyle, The Fair-Haired Eckbert
  • When I read of witty persons, I could not figure them but like the little shock (translating the German Spitz).

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To collect, or make up, into a shock or shocks; to stook.
  • to shock rye

    Anagrams

    * ----

    aback

    English

    Etymology 1

    * From (etyl) . * . Compare West Frisian .

    Adverb

    (-)
  • (archaic) Towards the back or rear; backwards.
  • * (rfdate),
  • Therewith aback she started.
  • (archaic) In the rear; a distance behind.
  • (Knolles)
  • By surprise; startled; dumbfounded.
  • (nautical) Backward against the mast; said of the sails when pressed by the wind from the "wrong" (forward) side, or of a ship when its sails are set that way.
  • By setting the foresail aback and the headsail in the middle one can bring a fore-and-aft rigged sailing boat practically to a halt even in heavy wind.
    (Totten)
    Usage notes
    * (by surprise) Preceded by a form of the word take .

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    Etymology 2

    From abacus.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An abacus.
  • (Ben Jonson)

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