toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

meridian
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
one of the imaginary lines between the north and south pole that are used to establish east-to-west position (longitude)
  • Parallel meridians rudely pecked into the glass, surround these footpads' goblets.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (48% in)
  • Thought he, it's a wicked world in all meridians; I'll die a pagan.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (89% in)
  • He only asked for water—fresh water—something to wipe the brine off; that done, he put on dry clothes, lighted his pipe, and leaning against the bulwarks, and mildly eyeing those around him, seemed to be saying to himself—"It's a mutual, joint-stock world, in all meridians.
    Chapters 13-15 — Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (47% in)
  • It was hardly to be doubted, that several vessels reported to have encountered, at such or such a time, or on such or such a meridian, a Sperm Whale of uncommon magnitude and malignity, which whale, after doing great mischief to his assailants, had completely escaped them; to some minds it was not an unfair presumption, I say, that the whale in question must have been no other than Moby Dick.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (21% in)
  • ...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 errors.
    Chapters 88-90 — Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (21% in)
  • So, swinging his seated form to the roll of the ship, and with his astrological-looking instrument placed to his eye, he remained in that posture for some moments to catch the precise instant when the sun should gain its precise meridian.
    Chapters 118-120 — The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (6% in)

There are no more uses of "meridian" in Moby Dick.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia - Meridian (geography)Wikipedia - Meridian (astronomy)