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opine
used in Moby Dick

4 uses
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Definition
speak one's opinion
  • When, as I opine, in the course of time, the true nature of spermaceti became known, its original name was still retained by the dealers; no doubt to enhance its value by a notion so strangely significant of its scarcity.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (37% in)
  • Nor have there been wanting learned exegetists who have opined that the whale mentioned in the book of Jonah merely meant a life-preserver—an inflated bag of wind—which the endangered prophet swam to, and so was saved from a watery doom.
    Chapters 82-84 -- The Honour and Glory of Whaling; Jonah Historically Regarded; Pitchpoling (56% in)
  • It has been said that the whale only breathes through his spout-hole; if it could truthfully be added that his spouts are mixed with water, then I opine we should be furnished with the reason why his sense of smell seems obliterated in him; for the only thing about him that at all answers to his nose is that identical spout-hole; and being so clogged with two elements, it could not be expected to have the power of smelling.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (10% in)
  • I opine, that it is plainly traceable to the first arrival of the Greenland whaling ships in London, more than two centuries ago.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (59% in)

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