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Moby Dick

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augment
5 uses
No small number of these whaling seamen belong to the Azores, where the outward bound Nantucket whalers frequently touch to augment their crews from the hardy peasants of those rocky shores.
augment = add to (increase the number of)
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 85-87
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capricious
5 uses
Nothing was said for some moments, while a succession of riotous waves rolled by, which by one of those occasional caprices of the seas were tumbling, not heaving it.
caprices = unpredictable events
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
I have never seen him except in the remoter southern seas, and then always at too great a distance to study his countenance.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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credulous
8 uses
his credulous disciples believed that he had specifically fore-announced it, instead of only making a general prophecy
credulous = too willing to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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desist
6 uses
"Ahab," cried Starbuck, "not too late is it, even now, the third day, to desist."
desist = to not do something
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Book6 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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fallacious
1 use
And equally fallacious seems the conceit, that because the so-called whale-bone whales no longer haunt many grounds in former years abounding with them, hence that species also is declining.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 103-105
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grindstone
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
sharpen on a grindstone
My jack-knife here needs the grindstone.
grindstone = a stone shaped like a disk that spins and is used to sharpen, grind, or polish
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grindstone means:
a  revolving disk-shaped stone used to grind (as when wheat is ground to flour), or used to sharpen or polish (as when sharpening a knife)
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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hypothesis
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that...
hypothetically = based on an idea that seems reasonable, but is unproven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 76-78
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indolent
9 uses
Indolence and idleness perished before him.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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nominal
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
he's nominally in charge
Though nominally included in the census of Christendom, he was still an alien to it.†
nominally = officially
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
it obscured my view
...yet the peculiar horror with which he seemed to inspire the rest of the herd, was owing to a cause which at first the intervening distance obscured from us.
obscured = hid (made less visible)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 67-69
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2  —4 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
...that the full terror of the voyage must be kept withdrawn into the obscure background (for few men's courage is proof against protracted meditation unrelieved by action); that when they stood their long night watches, his officers and men must have some nearer things to think of than Moby Dick.
obscure = not clearly seen (in this case, because it is not thought about)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 52-54
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ostentatious
7 uses
they would ostentatiously sharpen their knives
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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passage
4 uses
I have particularly questioned him concerning this passage in Langsdorff. He substantiates every word.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 61-63
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perfidy
2 uses
In a few minutes the scuttle was opened, and, bound hand and foot, the still struggling ringleader was shoved up into the air by his perfidious allies, who at once claimed the honour of securing a man who had been fully ripe for murder.
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-51
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
For a pious man, especially for a Quaker, he was certainly rather hard-hearted, to say the least.
pious = religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16-18
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recumbent
2 uses
Yes, we became very wakeful; so much so that our recumbent position began to grow wearisome, and by little and little we found ourselves sitting up; the clothes well tucked around us, leaning against the head-board with our four knees drawn up close together, and our two noses bending over them, as if our kneepans were warming-pans.
recumbent = lying down
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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redundant
2 uses
He was a small, short, youngish man, sprinkled all over his face with freckles, and wearing redundant yellow hair.
redundant = more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 28-30
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remonstrate
5 uses
But as all my remonstrances produced no effect upon Queequeg,
remonstrances = arguments in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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reprehensible
1 use
But all these foolish arguments of old Sag-Harbor only evinced his foolish pride of reason—a thing still more reprehensible in him, seeing that he had but little learning except what he had picked up from the sun and the sea.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 82-84
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