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  • The higher the f-stop, the more closed the camera’s aperture.
  • It wandered along the crest of the hill and terminated before a fragment of wall pierced by a rough aperture which had once been a door.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • At the far end was the stone wall of the corrals, with apertures in the stone that were like loop-holes running all along the face of each corral.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises

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  • What aperture setting did you use?
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The aperture broad and oval.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "There’s a new one here!" the woman called Frau Mikes called through the aperture.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "Understand what?" he said finally in a distant tone, giving her yet another small aperture through which she might try to implant a hook.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Tally popped open the heart pendant, looking down into the little glowing aperture where the laser waited to read her eye-print.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Within the ranks of his arcane field, an advanced technology called synthetic aperture radar, or SAR, he is an eminence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • They set noiselessly to work, and the Parsee on one side and Passepartout on the other began to loosen the bricks so as to make an aperture two feet wide.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • "We need a mechanism for sealing off the upper aperture too," Quentin said.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The window blind blew back with the wind that rushed in, and in the aperture of the broken panes there was the head of a great, gaunt gray wolf.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The next three weeks were a honeycomb of determination with apertures for the days to go in and out.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Was it, I asked myself, a ray from the moon penetrating some aperture in the blind?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Edmond was obliged to assist him, for otherwise he would not have been able to enter by the small aperture which led to Dantes’ chamber.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Three dwarf guards bowed and moved away from the aperture.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • A soft beam of light fell through the aperture, illuminating the crater’s center, though it left the rest of the cavernous expanse in hushed twilight.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I heard it give a peculiar thick cry, and forthwith another of these creatures appeared darkly in the deep shadow of the aperture.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The alternative is to imagine apertures in the axeheads, and the phrase of Odysseus, repeated by Telemakhos in Book XXI, inclines us to that.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I endeavored, but of course in vain, to look through the aperture.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • At length they spoke together, earnestly, in the Delaware language, when Uncas, passing by the inner and most concealed aperture, cautiously left the cavern.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand on either side of the aperture, drew itself shoulder-high and waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • If you stand on its summit and look at these two F-shaped spoutholes, you would take the whole head for an enormous bass-viol, and these spiracles, the apertures in its sounding-board.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was necessary, at any cost, to enlarge the aperture still further.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Glancing upward, I saw the aperture, a small blue disk, in which a star was visible, while little Weena’s head showed as a round black projection.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Other than this there were no openings or apertures through which light could seep.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • We brought the door, too, from Falconhurst, and fitted it in the aperture we had made.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • It was a simple cube of granite, the size of a toolshed, it had no windows, no apertures of any kind, only a door of polished steel and a complex set of wire antennae branching out from the roof.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • When we first sighted it, it seemed to be empty, and, at first we thought that there was nothing suspicious about, until we saw some smoke issuing through an aperture at the side.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • A ball thrown up so as to land on the platform at the top of the tower rolled down into the interior, fell on a rapidly revolving disk, was hurled through one or other of the numerous apertures pierced in the cylindrical casing, and had to be caught.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • With a pipette and an alcohol flame he bent a glass tube to go through the aperture where a tooth was missing so that she could drink and take liquid food without moving her cracked jaw.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • My eyes had become accustomed to the dim light, and by holding my book or work in a certain position near the aperture I contrived to read and sew.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Crawling on all fours, I made steadily but slowly towards them, till at last, raising my head to an aperture among the leaves, I could see clear down into a little green dell beside the marsh, and closely set about with trees, where Long John Silver and another of the crew stood face to face in conversation.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Rocket launchers and mortar tubes hid under concrete covers with firing apertures.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • From this aperture, the subterranean rivers traveling under sixty-two kilometers of ice shot into the open with an airblast like a jet engine’s exhaust.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The morning light, however, soon stole into the aperture at the foot of the bed, betwixt those faded curtains.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Hand by the block stood the grim figure of the executioner, his visage being concealed in a tengallon pot with two circular perforated apertures through which his eyes glowered furiously.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And on the bottom is a map of the sky and on top is an aperture which is an opening shaped in a parabola and you turn it round to see a map of the sky that you can see on that day of the year from the latitude 51.5 north, which is the latitude that Swindon is on, because the largest bit of the sky is always on the other side of the earth.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Of its five apertures, only the skylight and the two doors were large enough for the passage of a man.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Raoul turned to the luminous aperture.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Out of the recesses of a dark closet, into which this aperture gave admittance, he brought a large pasty, baked in a pewter platter of unusual dimensions.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The large-aperture towed array was at the end of a thousand-foot cable.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • That was, in fact, a marvellous grimace which was beaming at that moment through the aperture in the rose window.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • At his back he carried by a looped strap a rush basket, from which protruded at one end the crutch of a hay-knife, a wimble for hay-bonds being also visible in the aperture.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The little pink sloth-creature was still blinking at me when my Ape-man reappeared at the aperture of the nearest of these dens, and beckoned me in.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The aperture was so small, that the inmates had probably not thought it worth while to defend it more securely; but it was large enough to admit a boy of Oliver’s size, nevertheless.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • D’Artagnan remained for a moment motionless, asking himself where he could be; but soon a ray of light which penetrated through the chamber, together with the warm and perfumed air which reached him from the same aperture, the conversation of two of three ladies in language at once respectful and refined, and the word "Majesty" several times repeated, indicated clearly that he was in a closet attached to the queen’s apartment.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The stars still shone in the aperture of sky between cliff walls that rose an impossible distance on either side.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It was a very low-built car, a very small car, with a bonnet sloping forward to an aperture that lay close to the ground.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
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