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buttress
used in Moby Dick

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buttress the defenses
Definition
make stronger or defensible
  • Those narrow straits of Sunda divide Sumatra from Java; and standing midway in that vast rampart of islands, buttressed by that bold green promontory, known to seamen as Java Head; they not a little correspond to the central gateway opening into some vast walled empire: and considering the inexhaustible wealth of spices, and silks, and jewels, and gold, and ivory, with which the thousand islands of that oriental sea are enriched, it seems a significant provision of nature, that such...
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (46% in)

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  • Retribution, swift vengeance, eternal malice were in his whole aspect, and spite of all that mortal man could do, the solid white buttress of his forehead smote the ship's starboard bow, till men and timbers reeled.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (94% in)

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