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bestow
used in Moby Dick

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to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
  • The name is of my own bestowal; for there are more than one sort of porpoises, and something must be done to distinguish them.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (75% in)
  • And so the appellation must at last have come to be bestowed upon the whale from which this spermaceti was really derived.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (38% in)
  • Exception might be taken to the name bestowed upon this whale, on the ground of its indistinctness.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (71% in)
  • Bestow them, ye who are now made parties to this indissoluble league.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (98% in)
  • This peculiarity is most vividly hit by the French in the name they bestow upon that fish.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (69% in)
  • And as for small difficulties and worryings, prospects of sudden disaster, peril of life and limb; all these, and death itself, seem to him only sly, good-natured hits, and jolly punches in the side bestowed by the unseen and unaccountable old joker.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (4% in)
  • At any rate, when you watch those live crabs that nestle here on this bonnet, such an idea will be almost sure to occur to you; unless, indeed, your fancy has been fixed by the technical term "crown" also bestowed upon it; in which case you will take great interest in thinking how this mighty monster is actually a diademed king of the sea, whose green crown has been put together for him in this marvellous manner.
    Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (81% in)
  • Real strength never impairs beauty or harmony, but it often bestows it; and in everything imposingly beautiful, strength has much to do with the magic.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (28% in)
  • His title, schoolmaster, would very naturally seem derived from the name bestowed upon the harem itself, but some have surmised that the man who first thus entitled this sort of Ottoman whale, must have read the memoirs of Vidocq, and informed himself what sort of a country-schoolmaster that famous Frenchman was in his younger days, and what was the nature of those occult lessons he inculcated into some of his pupils.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (24% in)
  • Plum-pudding is the term bestowed upon certain fragmentary parts of the whale's flesh, here and there adhering to the blanket of blubber, and often participating to a considerable degree in its unctuousness.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (19% in)
  • The Alabama doctors declared it a huge reptile, and bestowed upon it the name of Basilosaurus.
    Chapters 103-105 -- Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (43% in)
  • The Common People imagine, that by a secret Power bestowed by God upon the temple, no Whale can pass it without immediate death.
    Chapters 103-105 -- Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (56% in)

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