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invert
used in Moby Dick

7 uses
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Definition
to turn something in the opposite position — such as upside down, inside out, or (of two things) in switched position
  • After their departure, taking place in inverted order to their arrival, the canvas cloth was cleared, or rather was restored to some hurried order by the pallid steward.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (17% in)
  • To some the general interest in the White Whale was now wildly heightened by a circumstance of the Town-Ho's story, which seemed obscurely to involve with the whale a certain wondrous, inverted visitation of one of those so called judgments of God which at times are said to overtake some men.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (24% in)
  • However curious it may seem for an oil-ship to be borrowing oil on the whale-ground, and however much it may invertedly contradict the old proverb about carrying coals to Newcastle, yet sometimes such a thing really happens; and in the present case Captain Derick De Deer did indubitably conduct a lamp-feeder as Flask did declare.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (34% in)
  • Convulsively my hands grasped the tiller, but with the crazy conceit that the tiller was, somehow, in some enchanted way, inverted.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (87% in)
  • Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it invert thee, deaden thee; as for the time it did me.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (98% in)
  • Deliberately standing before the binnacle, and eyeing the transpointed compasses, the old man, with the sharp of his extended hand, now took the precise bearing of the sun, and satisfied that the needles were exactly inverted, shouted out his orders for the ship's course to be changed accordingly.
    Chapters 124-126 — The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (16% in)
  • Accessory, perhaps, to the impulse dictating the thing he was now about to do, were certain prudential motives, whose object might have been to revive the spirits of his crew by a stroke of his subtile skill, in a matter so wondrous as that of the inverted compasses.
    Chapters 124-126 — The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (24% in)

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