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breadth
used in Moby Dick

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the distance between two sides; or the range of variety — especially a broad range of knowledge
  • The sum is, that at particular seasons within that breadth and along that path, migrating whales may with great confidence be looked for.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (18% in)
  • He is thus completely wedged before and behind, and can only expand himself sideways by settling down on his stretched legs; but a sudden, violent pitch of the boat will often go far to topple him, because length of foundation is nothing without corresponding breadth.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (22% in)
  • For three hundred and sixty miles, gentlemen, through the entire breadth of the state of New York; through numerous populous cities and most thriving villages; through long, dismal, uninhabited swamps, and affluent, cultivated fields, unrivalled for fertility; by billiard-room and bar-room; through the holy-of-holies of great forests; on Roman arches over Indian rivers; through sun and shade; by happy hearts or broken; through all the wide contrasting scenery of those noble Mohawk...
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (53% in)
  • A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-colour, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to clutch at any hapless object within reach.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (44% in)
  • Besides, such is the breadth of the upper part of the front of his head, and such the tapering cut-water formation of the lower part, that by obliquely elevating his head, he thereby may be said to transform himself from a bluff-bowed sluggish galliot into a sharppointed New York pilot-boat.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (26% in)
  • The lines, of which, hardly an instant before, not one hand's breadth could have been gained, were now in long quick coils flung back all dripping into the boats, and soon the whale broke water within two ship's lengths of the hunters.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (73% in)
  • After many similar hair-breadth escapes, we at last swiftly glided into what had just been one of the outer circles, but now crossed by random whales, all violently making for one centre.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (97% in)
  • Here Saturn's grey chaos rolls over me, and I obtain dim, shuddering glimpses into those Polar eternities; when wedged bastions of ice pressed hard upon what are now the Tropics; and in all the 25,000 miles of this world's circumference, not an inhabitable hand's breadth of land was visible.
    Chapters 103-105 -- Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (49% in)
  • As he was thus walking, uttering no sound, except to hail the men aloft, or to bid them hoist a sail still higher, or to spread one to a still greater breadth—thus to and fro pacing, beneath his slouched hat, at every turn he passed his own wrecked boat, which had been dropped upon the quarter-deck, and lay there reversed; broken bow to shattered stern.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (27% in)
  • But skilfully manoeuvred, incessantly wheeling like trained chargers in the field; the boats for a while eluded him; though, at times, but by a plank's breadth; while all the time, Ahab's unearthly slogan tore every other cry but his to shreds.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (46% in)

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