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ambiguous
used in Moby Dick

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unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
  • Then again, Stubb was one of those odd sort of humorists, whose jollity is sometimes so curiously ambiguous, as to put all inferiors on their guard in the matter of obeying them.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (49% in)
  • This circumstance, coupled with his ambiguous, half-hinting, half-revealing, shrouded sort of talk, now begat in me all kinds of vague wonderments and half-apprehensions, and all connected with the Pequod; and Captain Ahab; and the leg he had lost; and the Cape Horn fit; and the silver calabash; and what Captain Peleg had said of him, when I left the ship the day previous; and the prediction of the squaw Tistig; and the voyage we had bound ourselves to sail; and a hundred other shadowy...
    Chapters 19-21 -- The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (32% in)
  • But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures;—he called the carpenter.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (22% in)

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