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wane
used in Moby Dick

9 uses
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Definition a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
  • "Pull up—pull up!" he now cried to the bowsman, as the waning whale relaxed in his wrath.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (57% in)
  • Now, with the subordinate phantoms, what wonder remained soon waned away; for in a whaler wonders soon wane.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (44% in)
  • Now, with the subordinate phantoms, what wonder remained soon waned away; for in a whaler wonders soon wane.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (44% in)
  • " 'Well for our northern friend, Dame Isabella's Inquisition wanes in Lima,' laughed Don Sebastian.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (55% in)
  • For, by this time, so spent was he by loss of blood, that he helplessly rolled away from the wreck he had made; lay panting on his side, impotently flapped with his stumped fin, then over and over slowly revolved like a waning world; turned up the white secrets of his belly; lay like a log, and died.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (82% in)
  • It had been next to impossible to dart these drugged-harpoons, were it not that as we advanced into the herd, our whale's way greatly diminished; moreover, that as we went still further and further from the circumference of commotion, the direful disorders seemed waning.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (77% in)
  • An awe that cannot be named would steal over you as you sat by the side of this waning savage, and saw as strange things in his face, as any beheld who were bystanders when Zoroaster died.
    Chapters 109-111 -- Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (41% in)
  • I have sat before the dense coal fire and watched it all aglow, full of its tormented flaming life; and I have seen it wane at last, down, down, to dumbest dust.
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (23% in)
  • The tableau all waned at last with the pallidness aloft; and once more the Pequod and every soul on her decks were wrapped in a pall.
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (60% in)

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