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nominal
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
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Definition
in form or name, but not in reality
  • Though nominally included in the census of Christendom, he was still an alien to it.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (28% in)
nominally = officially
  •   By old English statutory law, the whale is declared "a royal fish."
      Oh, that's only nominal!  The whale himself has never figured in any grand imposing way.
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (93% in)
  • nominal = in name, but not in reality
  • ...therefore the grand political maxim of the sea demands, that he should nominally live apart from the men before the mast, and be in some way distinguished as their professional superior; though always, by them, familiarly regarded as their social equal.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (90% in)
  • nominally = officially (though not entirely in reality)
  • But, though these barbarians dined in the cabin, and nominally lived there; still, being anything but sedentary in their habits, they were scarcely ever in it except at mealtimes, and just before sleeping-time, when they passed through it to their own peculiar quarters.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (26% in)
  • nominally = officially (though not entirely in reality)
  • For all these reasons then, and others perhaps too analytic to be verbally developed here, Ahab plainly saw that he must still in a good degree continue true to the natural, nominal purpose of the Pequod's voyage; observe all customary usages; and not only that, but force himself to evince all his well known passionate interest in the general pursuit of his profession.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (16% in)
  • nominal = stated
  • There are two royal fish so styled by the English law writers—the whale and the sturgeon; both royal property under certain limitations, and nominally supplying the tenth branch of the crown's ordinary revenue.
    Chapters 88-90 — Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (98% in)
nominally = officially (though not in reality)
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