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appropriate
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
give, assign, or seize a resource — usually for a particular use
  • Ultimately the defendants (the crew of another ship) came up with the whale, struck, killed, seized, and finally appropriated it before the very eyes of the plaintiffs.
    Chapters 88-90 — Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (49% in)
  • As we glided nearer, the stranger showed French colours from his peak; and by the eddying cloud of vulture sea-fowl that circled, and hovered, and swooped around him, it was plain that the whale alongside must be what the fishermen call a blasted whale, that is, a whale that has died unmolested on the sea, and so floated an unappropriated corpse.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (4% in)

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  • The chimney jambs and all the bricks inside were very sooty, so that I thought this fire-place made a very appropriate little shrine or chapel for his Congo idol.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (91% in)

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