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grave
used in Moby Dick

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1  —3 uses as in:
Her manner was grave.
Definition
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
  • When the last echo of his sultan's step has died away, and Starbuck, the first Emir, has every reason to suppose that he is seated, then Starbuck rouses from his quietude, takes a few turns along the planks, and, after a grave peep into the binnacle, says, with some touch of pleasantness, "Dinner, Mr. Stubb," and descends the scuttle.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (2% in)
  • 'This is the priest, he brings you the Evangelists,' said Don Sebastian, gravely, returning with a tall and solemn figure.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (99% in)
  • Do you know, gentlemen"—very gravely and mathematically bowing to each Captain in succession—"Do you know, gentlemen, that the digestive organs of the whale are so inscrutably constructed by Divine Providence, that it is quite impossible for him to completely digest even a man's arm?
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (36% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in Moby Dick.

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  • I'll dance over your grave, I will—that's the bitterest threat of your night-women, that beat head-winds round corners.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (7% in)
  • Wonderfullest things are ever the unmentionable; deep memories yield no epitaphs; this six-inch chapter is the stoneless grave of Bulkington.
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (47% in)
  • What, perhaps, with other things, made Stubb such an easy-going, unfearing man, so cheerily trudging off with the burden of life in a world full of grave pedlars, all bowed to the ground with their packs; what helped to bring about that almost impious good-humor of his; that thing must have been his pipe.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (56% in)
  • Below to thy nightly grave; where such as ye sleep between shrouds, to use ye to the filling one at last.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (69% in)
  • The masts reeled, and the sails fell altogether, while we who were below all sprang instantly upon the deck, concluding that we had struck upon some rock; instead of this we saw the monster sailing off with the utmost gravity and solemnity.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (81% in)
  • Twenty-four hours after, his trick at the silent helm—nigh to the man who was apt to doze over the grave always ready dug to the seaman's hand—that fatal hour was then to come; and in the fore-ordaining soul of Steelkilt, the mate was already stark and stretched as a corpse, with his forehead crushed in.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (84% in)
  • Thus they rushed; each man with might and main clinging to his seat, to prevent being tossed to the foam; and the tall form of Tashtego at the steering oar crouching almost double, in order to bring down his centre of gravity.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (49% in)
  • We thought the tissued, infiltrated head of the Sperm Whale, was the lightest and most corky part about him; and yet thou makest it sink in an element of a far greater specific gravity than itself.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (93% in)
  • If the only whales that thus sank were old, meagre, and broken-hearted creatures, their pads of lard diminished and all their bones heavy and rheumatic; then you might with some reason assert that this sinking is caused by an uncommon specific gravity in the fish so sinking, consequent upon this absence of buoyant matter in him.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (94% in)
  • ...of this: that it is an inference from certain canonic teachings, that while some natural enjoyments here shall have no children born to them for the other world, but, on the contrary, shall be followed by the joy-childlessness of all hell's despair; whereas, some guilty mortal miseries shall still fertilely beget to themselves an eternally progressive progeny of griefs beyond the grave; not at all to hint of this, there still seems an inequality in the deeper analysis of the thing.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (11% in)
  • Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them: the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (97% in)
  • And thus, while the one ship went cheerily before the breeze, the other stubbornly fought against it; and so the two vessels parted; the crew of the Pequod looking with grave, lingering glances towards the receding Bachelor; but the Bachelor's men never heeding their gaze for the lively revelry they were in.
    Chapters 115-117 -- The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (44% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in Moby Dick.

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