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literally
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
  • Literally this word means Fat-Cutter; usage, however, in time made it equivalent to Chief Harpooneer.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (87% in)
  • It was the idea also, that this same spermaceti was that quickening humor of the Greenland Whale which the first syllable of the word literally expresses.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (37% in)
  • In Saint Stylites, the famous Christian hermit of old times, who built him a lofty stone pillar in the desert and spent the whole latter portion of his life on its summit, hoisting his food from the ground with a tackle; in him we have a remarkable instance of a dauntless stander-of-mast-heads; who was not to be driven from his place by fogs or frosts, rain, hail, or sleet; but valiantly facing everything out to the last, literally died at his post.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (34% in)
  • The rest of his body was so streaked, and spotted, and marbled with the same shrouded hue, that, in the end, he had gained his distinctive appellation of the White Whale; a name, indeed, literally justified by his vivid aspect, when seen gliding at high noon through a dark blue sea, leaving a milky-way wake of creamy foam, all spangled with golden gleamings.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (39% in)
  • ...my hands among those soft, gentle globules of infiltrated tissues, woven almost within the hour; as they richly broke to my fingers, and discharged all their opulence, like fully ripe grapes their wine; as I snuffed up that uncontaminated aroma,—literally and truly, like the smell of spring violets; I declare to you, that for the time I lived as in a musky meadow; I forgot all about our horrible oath; in that inexpressible sperm, I washed my hands and my heart of it; I almost began to...
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (8% in)
  • You might almost say, that this strange uncompromisedness in him involved a sort of unintelligence; for in his numerous trades, he did not seem to work so much by reason or by instinct, or simply because he had been tutored to it, or by any intermixture of all these, even or uneven; but merely by a kind of deaf and dumb, spontaneous literal process.
    Chapters 106-108 — Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (50% in)

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