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prevail
used in Moby Dick

7 uses
  • In old times, there seem to have prevailed the most curious fancies concerning these blinds.
    Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (88% in)
  • But the ship, having her full complement of seamen, spurned his suit; and not all the King his father's influence could prevail.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (78% in)
  • Closing the door upon the landlady, I endeavored to prevail upon Queequeg to take a chair; but in vain.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (73% in)
  • ...and the band on deck sentinelled the slumbers of the band below; and when if a rope was to be hauled upon the forecastle, the sailors flung it not rudely down, as by day, but with some cautiousness dropt it to its place for fear of disturbing their slumbering shipmates; when this sort of steady quietude would begin to prevail, habitually, the silent steersman would watch the cabin-scuttle; and ere long the old man would emerge, gripping at the iron banister, to help his crippled way.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (62% in)
  • Though the long period of a Southern whaling voyage (by far the longest of all voyages now or ever made by man), the peculiar perils of it, and the community of interest prevailing among a company, all of whom, high or low, depend for their profits, not upon fixed wages, but upon their common luck, together with their common vigilance, intrepidity, and hard work; though all these things do in some cases tend to beget a less rigorous discipline than in merchantmen generally; yet, never...
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (92% in)
  • By night the same muteness of humanity before the shrieks of the ocean prevailed; still in silence the men swung in the bowlines; still wordless Ahab stood up to the blast.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (94% in)
  • For ever since those inventive but unscrupulous times when on the marble panellings of temples, the pedestals of statues, and on shields, medallions, cups, and coins, the dolphin was drawn in scales of chain-armor like Saladin's, and a helmeted head like St. George's; ever since then has something of the same sort of license prevailed, not only in most popular pictures of the whale, but in many scientific presentations of him.
    Chapters 55-57 -- Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint…. (4% in)

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