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dilate
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
become wider (bigger)
  • (ASIDE) Something shot from my dilated nostrils, he has inhaled it in his lungs.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (88% in)
  • But, doubtless, this noble savage fed strong and drank deep of the abounding element of air; and through his dilated nostrils snuffed in the sublime life of the worlds.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (23% in)
  • And now abating in his flurry, the whale once more rolled out into view; surging from side to side; spasmodically dilating and contracting his spout-hole, with sharp, cracking, agonized respirations.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (62% in)

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