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contrived
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

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arranged (that something should happen)
  • How at such an apparently unassailable surface, they contrive to gouge out such symmetrical mouthfuls, remains a part of the universal problem of all things.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (20% in)
  • The wife of a whaling captain had provided the chapel with a handsome pair of red worsted man-ropes for this ladder, which, being itself nicely headed, and stained with a mahogany colour, the whole contrivance, considering what manner of chapel it was, seemed by no means in bad taste.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (25% in)
  • And it is much to be deplored that the place to which you devote so considerable a portion of the whole term of your natural life, should be so sadly destitute of anything approaching to a cosy inhabitiveness, or adapted to breed a comfortable localness of feeling, such as pertains to a bed, a hammock, a hearse, a sentry box, a pulpit, a coach, or any other of those small and snug contrivances in which men temporarily isolate themselves.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (43% in)
  • So, cutting the lashing of the waterproof match keg, after many failures Starbuck contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this forlorn hope.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (95% in)
  • Throughout the Pacific, and also in Nantucket, and New Bedford, and Sag Harbor, you will come across lively sketches of whales and whaling-scenes, graven by the fishermen themselves on Sperm Whale-teeth, or ladies' busks wrought out of the Right Whale-bone, and other like skrimshander articles, as the whalemen call the numerous little ingenious contrivances they elaborately carve out of the rough material, in their hours of ocean leisure.
    Chapters 55-57 -- Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint…. (83% in)
  • Preserving an interval of some few yards between itself and the ship, the Jeroboam's boat by the occasional use of its oars contrived to keep parallel to the Pequod, as she heavily forged through the sea (for by this time it blew very fresh), with her main-topsail aback; though, indeed, at times by the sudden onset of a large rolling wave, the boat would be pushed some way ahead; but would be soon skilfully brought to her proper bearings again.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (25% in)
  • "whiskers," "blinds," or whatever you please, furnish to the ladies their busks and other stiffening contrivances.
    Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (91% in)
  • All whaleboats carry certain curious contrivances, originally invented by the Nantucket Indians, called druggs.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (74% in)
  • The rest contrived to escape for the time, but only to be taken, as will hereafter be seen, by some other craft than the Pequod.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (**% in)
  • He burns, too, the purest of oil, in its unmanufactured, and, therefore, unvitiated state; a fluid unknown to solar, lunar, or astral contrivances ashore.
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (6% in)
  • In the excitement of the moment, Ahab had forgotten that since the loss of his leg he had never once stepped on board of any vessel at sea but his own, and then it was always by an ingenious and very handy mechanical contrivance peculiar to the Pequod, and a thing not to be rigged and shipped in any other vessel at a moment's warning.
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (4% in)
  • Moreover, the ship's forge was ordered to be hoisted out of its temporary idleness in the hold; and, to accelerate the affair, the blacksmith was commanded to proceed at once to the forging of whatever iron contrivances might be needed.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (26% in)
  • He was like one of those unreasoning but still highly useful, MULTUM IN PARVO, Sheffield contrivances, assuming the exterior—though a little swelled—of a common pocket knife; but containing, not only blades of various sizes, but also screw-drivers, cork-screws, tweezers, awls, pens, rulers, nail-filers, countersinkers.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (51% in)
  • Lord and master over all this scene, the captain stood erect on the ship's elevated quarter-deck, so that the whole rejoicing drama was full before him, and seemed merely contrived for his own individual diversion.
    Chapters 115-117 -- The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (32% in)
  • Then gazing at his quadrant, and handling, one after the other, its numerous cabalistical contrivances, he pondered again, and muttered: "Foolish toy! babies' plaything of haughty Admirals, and Commodores, and Captains; the world brags of thee, of thy cunning and might; but what after all canst thou do, but tell the poor, pitiful point, where thou thyself happenest to be on this wide planet, and the hand that holds thee: no! not one jot more!
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (12% in)

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