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conflagration
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
  • So the pitch and sulphur-freighted brigs of the bold Hydriote, Canaris, issuing from their midnight harbors, with broad sheets of flame for sails, bore down upon the Turkish frigates, and folded them in conflagrations.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (70% in)
  • Heated and irritated as he was by his spasmodic toil at the pumps, for all his first nameless feeling of forbearance the sweating Steelkilt could but ill brook this bearing in the mate; but somehow still smothering the conflagration within him, without speaking he remained doggedly rooted to his seat, till at last the incensed Radney shook the hammer within a few inches of his face, furiously commanding him to do his bidding.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (49% in)

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