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descry
used in Moby Dick

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catch sight of
  • From thence it is the storm of God's quick wrath is first descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (35% in)
  • —Under this head I reckon a monster which, by the various names of Fin-Back, Tall-Spout, and Long-John, has been seen almost in every sea and is commonly the whale whose distant jet is so often descried by passengers crossing the Atlantic, in the New York packet-tracks.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (43% in)
  • But neither great Washington, nor Napoleon, nor Nelson, will answer a single hail from below, however madly invoked to befriend by their counsels the distracted decks upon which they gaze; however it may be surmised, that their spirits penetrate through the thick haze of the future, and descry what shoals and what rocks must be shunned.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (37% in)
  • A few years ago this same plan was adopted by the Bay whalemen of New Zealand, who, upon descrying the game, gave notice to the ready-manned boats nigh the beach.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (39% in)
  • For there and then, for several consecutive years, Moby Dick had been periodically descried, lingering in those waters for awhile, as the sun, in its annual round, loiters for a predicted interval in any one sign of the Zodiac.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (24% in)
  • Nimbly springing up on the triangular raised box in the bow, the savage stood erect there, and with intensely eager eyes gazed off towards the spot where the chase had last been descried.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (61% in)
  • Fedallah first descried this jet.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (59% in)
  • This midnight-spout had almost grown a forgotten thing, when, some days after, lo! at the same silent hour, it was again announced: again it was descried by all; but upon making sail to overtake it, once more it disappeared as if it had never been.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (71% in)
  • Nor with the immemorial superstition of their race, and in accordance with the preternaturalness, as it seemed, which in many things invested the Pequod, were there wanting some of the seamen who swore that whenever and wherever descried; at however remote times, or in however far apart latitudes and longitudes, that unnearable spout was cast by one self-same whale; and that whale, Moby Dick.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (75% in)
  • But calm, snow-white, and unvarying; still directing its fountain of feathers to the sky; still beckoning us on from before, the solitary jet would at times be descried.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (87% in)
  • ...salutation; and stopping for a moment to interchange the news; and, perhaps, sitting down for a while and resting in concert: then, how much more natural that upon the illimitable Pine Barrens and Salisbury Plains of the sea, two whaling vessels descrying each other at the ends of the earth—off lone Fanning's Island, or the far away King's Mills; how much more natural, I say, that under such circumstances these ships should not only interchange hails, but come into still closer, more...
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (9% in)
  • On the fourth day of the sail, a large canoe was descried, which seemed to have touched at a low isle of corals.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (94% in)
  • So soon as this figure had been first descried, Stubb had exclaimed—"That's he! that's he!
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (29% in)
  • The whole calamity, with the falling form of Macey, was plainly descried from the ship.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (54% in)
  • But though the green palmy cliffs of the land soon loomed on the starboard bow, and with delighted nostrils the fresh cinnamon was snuffed in the air, yet not a single jet was descried.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (54% in)
  • Seen from the Pequod's deck, then, as she would rise on a high hill of the sea, this host of vapoury spouts, individually curling up into the air, and beheld through a blending atmosphere of bluish haze, showed like the thousand cheerful chimneys of some dense metropolis, descried of a balmy autumnal morning, by some horseman on a height.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (58% in)
  • It seems that some honest mariners of Dover, or Sandwich, or some one of the Cinque Ports, had after a hard chase succeeded in killing and beaching a fine whale which they had originally descried afar off from the shore.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (78% in)
  • Already has it been related how the great leviathan is afar off descried from the mast-head; how he is chased over the watery moors, and slaughtered in the valleys of the deep; how he is then towed alongside and beheaded; and how (on the principle which entitled the headsman of old to the garments in which the beheaded was killed) his great padded surtout becomes the property of his executioner; how, in due time, he is condemned to the pots, and, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,...
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (7% in)
  • Making so long a passage through such unfrequented waters, descrying no ships, and ere long, sideways impelled by unvarying trade winds, over waves monotonously mild; all these seemed the strange calm things preluding some riotous and desperate scene.
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (65% in)
  • Next day, a large ship, the Rachel, was descried, bearing directly down upon the Pequod, all her spars thickly clustering with men.
    Chapters 127-129 -- The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin--Ahab and Pip (28% in)
  • The intense Pequod sailed on; the rolling waves and days went by; the life-buoy-coffin still lightly swung; and another ship, most miserably misnamed the Delight, was descried.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (47% in)
  • Meantime, from the beginning all this had been descried from the ship's mast heads; and squaring her yards, she had borne down upon the scene; and was now so nigh, that Ahab in the water hailed her!
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (21% in)
  • For such is the wonderful skill, prescience of experience, and invincible confidence acquired by some great natural geniuses among the Nantucket commanders; that from the simple observation of a whale when last descried, they will, under certain given circumstances, pretty accurately foretell both the direction in which he will continue to swim for a time, while out of sight, as well as his probable rate of progression during that period.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (33% in)
  • As before, the attentive ship having descried the whole fight, again came bearing down to the rescue, and dropping a boat, picked up the floating mariners, tubs, oars, and whatever else could be caught at, and safely landed them on her decks.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (51% in)
  • But at last, some three points off the weather bow, Ahab descried the spout again, and instantly from the three mast-heads three shrieks went up as if the tongues of fire had voiced it.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (67% in)
  • But these were the first sharks that had been observed by the Pequod since the White Whale had been first descried; and whether it was that Ahab's crew were all such tiger-yellow barbarians, and therefore their flesh more musky to the senses of the sharks—a matter sometimes well known to affect them,—however it was, they seemed to follow that one boat without molesting the others.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (74% in)

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