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sultry
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Moby Dick
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as in: a sultry afternoon Define
hot and humid
  • It was a cloudy, sultry afternoon; the seamen were lazily lounging about the decks, or vacantly gazing over into the lead-coloured waters.
  • The next day was exceedingly still and sultry, and with nothing special to engage them, the Pequod’s crew could hardly resist the spell of sleep induced by such a vacant sea.

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  • Bare-headed in the sultry sun, Ahab stood on the bowsprit, and with one hand pushed far behind in readiness to wave his orders to the helmsman, cast his eager glance in the direction indicated aloft by the outstretched motionless arm of Daggoo.

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  • It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
  • The forecast is for another round of overnight storms followed by another sultry day.

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as in: a sultry afternoon Define
hot and humid
as in: a sultry voice Define
expressing or arousing sensual desire -- especially in reference to a woman's appearance or voice
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