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impetus
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
a force that causes something or helps it move
  • At this moment Derick was in the act of pitching his lamp-feeder at the advancing boats, and also his oil-can; perhaps with the double view of retarding his rivals' way, and at the same time economically accelerating his own by the momentary impetus of the backward toss.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (51% in)
  • "The aorta of a whale is larger in the bore than the main pipe of the water-works at London Bridge, and the water roaring in its passage through that pipe is inferior in impetus and velocity to the blood gushing from the whale's heart."
    Extracts (56% in)

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