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oblique
used in Moby Dick

11 uses
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Definition
indirect; i.e., not straightforward
  • Are these last throwing out oblique hints touching Tophet?
    Chapters 13-15 -- Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (78% in)
  • Going forward and glancing over the weather bow, I perceived that the ship swinging to her anchor with the flood-tide, was now obliquely pointing towards the open ocean.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (22% in)
  • As he thundered out this he made a rush at Bildad, but with a marvellous oblique, sliding celerity, Bildad for that time eluded him.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (48% in)
  • In obedience to a sign from Ahab, Starbuck was now pulling obliquely across Stubb's bow; and when for a minute or so the two boats were pretty near to each other, Stubb hailed the mate.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (49% in)
  • The half-emptied line-tub floats on the whitened sea; the wooden poles of the spilled harpoons obliquely bob in it; the heads of the swimming crew are scattered about the whale in contrasting expressions of affright; while in the black stormy distance the ship is bearing down upon the scene.
    Chapters 55-57 -- Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint…. (56% in)
  • All alive to his jeopardy, he was going "head out"; that part obliquely projecting from the mad yeast which he brewed.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (24% in)
  • Besides, such is the breadth of the upper part of the front of his head, and such the tapering cut-water formation of the lower part, that by obliquely elevating his head, he thereby may be said to transform himself from a bluff-bowed sluggish galliot into a sharppointed New York pilot-boat.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (27% in)
  • Almost invariably it is all over obliquely crossed and re-crossed with numberless straight marks in thick array, something like those in the finest Italian line engravings.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (52% in)
  • They went towards the extreme stern, on the ship's lee side, where the deck, with the oblique energy of the wind, was now almost dipping into the creamy, sidelong-rushing sea.
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (40% in)
  • Through and through; through every plank and each rib, it thrilled for an instant, the whale obliquely lying on his back, in the manner of a biting shark, slowly and feelingly taking its bows full within his mouth, so that the long, narrow, scrolled lower jaw curled high up into the open air, and one of the teeth caught in a row-lock.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (14% in)
  • A low rumbling sound was heard; a subterraneous hum; and then all held their breaths; as bedraggled with trailing ropes, and harpoons, and lances, a vast form shot lengthwise, but obliquely from the sea.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (78% in)

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