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minuteness
used in Moby Dick

5 uses
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Definition
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
  • Steering north-eastward from the Crozetts, we fell in with vast meadows of brit, the minute, yellow substance, upon which the Right Whale largely feeds.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (1% in)
minute = very small
  • I shall not pretend to a minute anatomical description of the various species, or—in this place at least—to much of any description.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (22% in)
  • minute = detailed
  • That protection could only consist in his own predominating brain and heart and hand, backed by a heedful, closely calculating attention to every minute atmospheric influence which it was possible for his crew to be subjected to.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (16% in)
  • minute = small
  • Towards the stern of the boat it is spirally coiled away in the tub, not like the worm-pipe of a still though, but so as to form one round, cheese-shaped mass of densely bedded "sheaves," or layers of concentric spiralizations, without any hollow but the "heart," or minute vertical tube formed at the axis of the cheese.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (67% in)
  • minute = small
  • Ahab's hat was never restored; the wild hawk flew on and on with it; far in advance of the prow: and at last disappeared; while from the point of that disappearance, a minute black spot was dimly discerned, falling from that vast height into the sea.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (45% in)
minute = small
There are no more uses of "minuteness" in Moby Dick.

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