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impotent
used in Moby Dick

4 uses
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Definition
lacking power or ability

or of a male:  unable to copulate
  • The severest pointed harpoon, the sharpest lance darted by the strongest human arm, impotently rebounds from it.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (13% in)
  • For, by this time, so spent was he by loss of blood, that he helplessly rolled away from the wreck he had made; lay panting on his side, impotently flapped with his stumped fin, then over and over slowly revolved like a waning world; turned up the white secrets of his belly; lay like a log, and died.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (82% in)
  • ...ardour of youth declines; as years and dumps increase; as reflection lends her solemn pauses; in short, as a general lassitude overtakes the sated Turk; then a love of ease and virtue supplants the love for maidens; our Ottoman enters upon the impotent, repentant, admonitory stage of life, forswears, disbands the harem, and grown to an exemplary, sulky old soul, goes about all alone among the meridians and parallels saying his prayers, and warning each young Leviathan from his amorous...
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (20% in)
  • Thou canst not tell where one drop of water or one grain of sand will be to-morrow noon; and yet with thy impotence thou insultest the sun!
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (14% in)

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