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infallible
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
never wrong; or never failing
  • I was a good Christian; born and bred in the bosom of the infallible Presbyterian Church.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (42% in)
  • Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries—stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (6% in)
  • "Screwed at its axis against the side, a swinging lamp slightly oscillates in Jonah's room; and the ship, heeling over towards the wharf with the weight of the last bales received, the lamp, flame and all, though in slight motion, still maintains a permanent obliquity with reference to the room; though, in truth, infallibly straight itself, it but made obvious the false, lying levels among which it hung.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (65% in)
  • ...the whaling-fleet in harbor, and in concert selecting our craft; instead of this, I say, Yojo earnestly enjoined that the selection of the ship should rest wholly with me, inasmuch as Yojo purposed befriending us; and, in order to do so, had already pitched upon a vessel, which, if left to myself, I, Ishmael, should infallibly light upon, for all the world as though it had turned out by chance; and in that vessel I must immediately ship myself, for the present irrespective of Queequeg.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (1% in)
  • But no longer snuffing in the trail of the wild beasts of the woodland, Tashtego now hunted in the wake of the great whales of the sea; the unerring harpoon of the son fitly replacing the infallible arrow of the sires.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (82% in)
  • I promise nothing complete; because any human thing supposed to be complete, must for that very reason infallibly be faulty.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (22% in)
  • But the creatures set down above as Duodecimoes are infallibly whales, by the terms of my definition of what a whale is—i.e. a spouting fish, with a horizontal tail.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (74% in)
  • Besides, when making a passage from one feeding-ground to another, the sperm whales, guided by some infallible instinct—say, rather, secret intelligence from the Deity—mostly swim in VEINS, as they are called; continuing their way along a given ocean-line with such undeviating exactitude, that no ship ever sailed her course, by any chart, with one tithe of such marvellous precision.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (16% in)
  • So that though Moby Dick had in a former year been seen, for example, on what is called the Seychelle ground in the Indian ocean, or Volcano Bay on the Japanese Coast; yet it did not follow, that were the Pequod to visit either of those spots at any subsequent corresponding season, she would infallibly encounter him there.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (22% in)
  • As the least tangle or kink in the coiling would, in running out, infallibly take somebody's arm, leg, or entire body off, the utmost precaution is used in stowing the line in its tub.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (68% in)
  • Second: This arrangement is indispensable for common safety's sake; for were the lower end of the line in any way attached to the boat, and were the whale then to run the line out to the end almost in a single, smoking minute as he sometimes does, he would not stop there, for the doomed boat would infallibly be dragged down after him into the profundity of the sea; and in that case no town-crier would ever find her again.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (79% in)
  • But mark: aloft there, at the three mast heads, stand three men intent on spying out more whales, which, if caught, infallibly will again soil the old oaken furniture, and drop at least one small grease-spot somewhere.
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (27% in)
  • Standing behind him Starbuck looked, and lo! the two compasses pointed East, and the Pequod was as infallibly going West.
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (9% in)
  • Because in such a wilderness of running rigging, whose various different relations aloft cannot always be infallibly discerned by what is seen of them at the deck; and when the deck-ends of these ropes are being every few minutes cast down from the fastenings, it would be but a natural fatality, if, unprovided with a constant watchman, the hoisted sailor should by some carelessness of the crew be cast adrift and fall all swooping to the sea.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (34% in)
  • "In his infallible wake, though; but follow that wake, that's all.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (61% in)

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