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impede
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
  • ...descend to considerable depth, that its end may avoid all contact with the hull; and as moreover, if kept constantly towing there, it would be liable to many mishaps, besides interfering not a little with some of the rigging, and more or less impeding the vessel's way in the water; because of all this, the lower parts of a ship's lightning-rods are not always overboard; but are generally made in long slender links, so as to be the more readily hauled up into the chains outside, or...
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (48% in)

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