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adroit
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
skillful in action or thought
  • Likewise upon the extreme stern of the boat where it was also triangularly platformed level with the gunwale, Starbuck himself was seen coolly and adroitly balancing himself to the jerking tossings of his chip of a craft, and silently eyeing the vast blue eye of the sea.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (61% in)
  • By adroit management the wooden float is made to rise on the other side of the mass, so that now having girdled the whale, the chain is readily made to follow suit; and being slipped along the body, is at last locked fast round the smallest part of the tail, at the point of junction with its broad flukes or lobes.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (11% in)

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