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phenomenon
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
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Definition
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
  • Almost forgetting for the moment all thoughts of Moby Dick, we now gazed at the most wondrous phenomenon which the secret seas have hitherto revealed to mankind.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (43% in)
phenomenon = something seen that is of special interest
  • I know that, to the common apprehension, this phenomenon of whiteness is not confessed to be the prime agent in exaggerating the terror of objects otherwise terrible; nor to the unimaginative mind is there aught of terror in those appearances whose awfulness to another mind almost solely consists in this one phenomenon, especially when exhibited under any form at all approaching to muteness or universality.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (89% in)
  • phenomenon = thing that exists
  • I know that, to the common apprehension, this phenomenon of whiteness is not confessed to be the prime agent in exaggerating the terror of objects otherwise terrible; nor to the unimaginative mind is there aught of terror in those appearances whose awfulness to another mind almost solely consists in this one phenomenon, especially when exhibited under any form at all approaching to muteness or universality.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (89% in)
  • phenomenon = thing that exists
  • Besides all the other phenomena which the exterior of the Sperm Whale presents, he not seldom displays the back, and more especially his flanks, effaced in great part of the regular linear appearance, by reason of numerous rude scratches, altogether of an irregular, random aspect.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (59% in)
  • phenomena = interesting observable things
  • Upon this every soul was confounded; for the phenomenon just then observed by Ahab had unaccountably escaped every one else ... the two compasses pointed East, and the Pequod was as infallibly going West.
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (7% in)
  • phenomenon = something that happened and is of special interest
  • For not by any calm and indolent spoutings; not by the peaceable gush of that mystic fountain in his head, did the White Whale now reveal his vicinity; but by the far more wondrous phenomenon of breaching.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (42% in)
phenomenon = something seen that is of special interest
There are no more uses of "phenomenon" in Moby Dick.

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