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abate
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
to become less in amount or intensity
  • But much abatement is necessary with respect to the incredible bulk he assigns it.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (56% in)
  • And now abating in his flurry, the whale once more rolled out into view; surging from side to side; spasmodically dilating and contracting his spout-hole, with sharp, cracking, agonized respirations.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (61% in)
  • But the fagged whale abated his speed, and blindly altering his course, went round the stern of the ship towing the two boats after him, so that they performed a complete circuit.
    Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (11% in)
  • But still driving on in the wake of the whales, at length they seemed abating their speed; gradually the ship neared them; and the wind now dying away, word was passed to spring to the boats.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (65% in)
  • At such times, under an abated sun; afloat all day upon smooth, slow heaving swells; seated in his boat, light as a birch canoe; and so sociably mixing with the soft waves themselves, that like hearth-stone cats they purr against the gunwale; these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless...
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (80% in)
  • Some hours after midnight, the Typhoon abated so much, that through the strenuous exertions of Starbuck and Stubb—one engaged forward and the other aft—the shivered remnants of the jib and fore and main-top-sails were cut adrift from the spars, and went eddying away to leeward, like the feathers of an albatross, which sometimes are cast to the winds when that storm-tossed bird is on the wing.
    Chapters 121-123 -- Midnight, on the Forecastle; Midnight, Aloft; The Musket (43% in)
  • Whether fagged by the three days' running chase, and the resistance to his swimming in the knotted hamper he bore; or whether it was some latent deceitfulness and malice in him: whichever was true, the White Whale's way now began to abate, as it seemed, from the boat so rapidly nearing him once more; though indeed the whale's last start had not been so long a one as before.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (84% in)

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