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apparent
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
  • However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us.
    Chapters 13-15 -- Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (86% in)
  • For, when swimming before his exulting pursuers, with every apparent symptom of alarm, he had several times been known to turn round suddenly, and, bearing down upon them, either stave their boats to splinters, or drive them back in consternation to their ship.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (41% in)
  • ...of seven of his former associates, and stung by the mocking voice that had last hailed him, and maddened by his long entombment in a place as black as the bowels of despair; it was then that Steelkilt proposed to the two Canallers, thus far apparently of one mind with him, to burst out of their hole at the next summoning of the garrison; and armed with their keen mincing knives (long, crescentic, heavy implements with a handle at each end) run amuck from the bowsprit to the taffrail;...
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (70% in)
  • Again: as the profound calm which only apparently precedes and prophesies of the storm, is perhaps more awful than the storm itself; for, indeed, the calm is but the wrapper and envelope of the storm; and contains it in itself, as the seemingly harmless rifle holds the fatal powder, and the ball, and the explosion; so the graceful repose of the line, as it silently serpentines about the oarsmen before being brought into actual play—this is a thing which carries more of true terror than...
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (95% in)
  • Though apparently the most massive, it is by far the most buoyant part about him.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (25% in)
  • How at such an apparently unassailable surface, they contrive to gouge out such symmetrical mouthfuls, remains a part of the universal problem of all things.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (20% in)
  • But as she was so far to windward, and shooting by, apparently making a passage to some other ground, the Pequod could not hope to reach her.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (19% in)
  • Finally, though, as will soon be revealed, its contents partly comprise the most delicate oil; yet, you are now to be apprised of the nature of the substance which so impregnably invests all that apparent effeminacy.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (11% in)
  • Regarding the Sperm Whale's head as a solid oblong, you may, on an inclined plane, sideways divide it into two quoins,* whereof the lower is the bony structure, forming the cranium and jaws, and the upper an unctuous mass wholly free from bones; its broad forward end forming the expanded vertical apparent forehead of the whale.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (31% in)
  • And thus, through the courage and great skill in obstetrics of Queequeg, the deliverance, or rather, delivery of Tashtego, was successfully accomplished, in the teeth, too, of the most untoward and apparently hopeless impediments; which is a lesson by no means to be forgotten.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (89% in)
  • The brain is at least twenty feet from his apparent forehead in life; it is hidden away behind its vast outworks, like the innermost citadel within the amplified fortifications of Quebec.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (18% in)
  • But now that he had apparently made every preparation for death; now that his coffin was proved a good fit, Queequeg suddenly rallied; soon there seemed no need of the carpenter's box: and thereupon, when some expressed their delighted surprise, he, in substance, said, that the cause of his sudden convalescence was this;—at a critical moment, he had just recalled a little duty ashore, which he was leaving undone; and therefore had changed his mind about dying: he could not die yet, he...
    Chapters 109-111 -- Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (75% in)
  • It is a thing not uncommonly happening to the whale-boats in those swarming seas; the sharks at times apparently following them in the same prescient way that vultures hover over the banners of marching regiments in the east.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (73% in)

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