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ballast
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
something that helps to stabilize — especially heavy material in the bottom of an empty ship
  • Where unrecorded names and navies rust, and untold hopes and anchors rot; where in her murderous hold this frigate earth is ballasted with bones of millions of the drowned; there, in that awful water-land, there was thy most familiar home.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (13% in)
  • Then, again, it would never do in plain sight of the world's riveted eyes, it would never do, I say, for this straddling captain to be seen steadying himself the slightest particle by catching hold of anything with his hands; indeed, as token of his entire, buoyant self-command, he generally carries his hands in his trowsers' pockets; but perhaps being generally very large, heavy hands, he carries them there for ballast.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (22% in)
  • She is ballasted with utilities; not altogether with unusable pig-lead and kentledge.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (52% in)

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