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prodigious
used in Moby Dick

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enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • I was ushered into a small room ... with a prodigious bed, almost big enough indeed for any four harpooneers to sleep abreast.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (76% in)
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • The prodigious strain upon the main-sail had parted the weather-sheet, and the tremendous boom was now flying from side to side, completely sweeping the entire after part of the deck.
    Chapters 13-15 -- Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (35% in)
  • It's ominous, thinks I. A Coffin my Innkeeper upon landing in my first whaling port; tombstones staring at me in the whalemen's chapel; and here a gallows! and a pair of prodigious black pots too!
    Chapters 13-15 -- Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (78% in)
  • With a prodigious noise the door flew open, and the knob slamming against the wall, sent the plaster to the ceiling; and there, good heavens! there sat Queequeg, altogether cool and self-collected; right in the middle of the room; squatting on his hams, and holding Yojo on top of his head.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (71% in)
  • At last we rose and dressed; and Queequeg, taking a prodigiously hearty breakfast of chowders of all sorts, so that the landlady should not make much profit by reason of his Ramadan, we sallied out to board the Pequod, sauntering along, and picking our teeth with halibut bones.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (84% in)
  • Black Letter tells me that Sir Martin Frobisher on his return from that voyage, when Queen Bess did gallantly wave her jewelled hand to him from a window of Greenwich Palace, as his bold ship sailed down the Thames; "when Sir Martin returned from that voyage," saith Black Letter, "on bended knees he presented to her highness a prodigious long horn of the Narwhale, which for a long period after hung in the castle at Windsor."
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (69% in)
  • ...of mast-head standers, is an assertion based upon the general belief among archaeologists, that the first pyramids were founded for astronomical purposes: a theory singularly supported by the peculiar stair-like formation of all four sides of those edifices; whereby, with prodigious long upliftings of their legs, those old astronomers were wont to mount to the apex, and sing out for new stars; even as the look-outs of a modern ship sing out for a sail, or a whale just bearing in sight.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (33% in)
  • As touching Slave-ships meeting, why, they are in such a prodigious hurry, they run away from each other as soon as possible.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (15% in)
  • In another plate, the prodigious blunder is made of representing the whale with perpendicular flukes.
    Chapters 55-57 -- Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint…. (19% in)
  • When the painted canvas cover is clapped on the American line-tub, the boat looks as if it were pulling off with a prodigious great wedding-cake to present to the whales.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (74% in)
  • Furthermore: you must know that when the second iron is thrown overboard, it thenceforth becomes a dangling, sharp-edged terror, skittishly curvetting about both boat and whale, entangling the lines, or cutting them, and making a prodigious sensation in all directions.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (95% in)
  • ...of Starbuck and Stubb, the mates; and just as fast as it is thus peeled off, and indeed by that very act itself, it is all the time being hoisted higher and higher aloft till its upper end grazes the main-top; the men at the windlass then cease heaving, and for a moment or two the prodigious blood-dripping mass sways to and fro as if let down from the sky, and every one present must take good heed to dodge it when it swings, else it may box his ears and pitch him headlong overboard.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (19% in)
  • It must be borne in mind that all this time we have a Sperm Whale's prodigious head hanging to the Pequod's side.
    Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (1% in)
  • But far more terrible is it to behold, when fathoms down in the sea, you see some sulky whale, floating there suspended, with his prodigious jaw, some fifteen feet long, hanging straight down at right-angles with his body, for all the world like a ship's jib-boom.
    Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (70% in)
  • And by those negations, considered along with the affirmative fact of his prodigious bulk and power, you can best form to yourself the truest, though not the most exhilarating conception of what the most exalted potency is.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (22% in)
  • Gases are generated in him; he swells to a prodigious magnitude; becomes a sort of animal balloon.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (97% in)
  • The central body of it is hidden in the snowy sparkling mist enveloping it; and how can you certainly tell whether any water falls from it, when, always, when you are close enough to a whale to get a close view of his spout, he is in a prodigious commotion, the water cascading all around him.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (16% in)
  • Should any unwarrantably pert young Leviathan coming that way, presume to draw confidentially close to one of the ladies, with what prodigious fury the Bashaw assails him, and chases him away!
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (11% in)
  • In truth, it turned out to be one of those problematical whales that seem to dry up and die with a sort of prodigious dyspepsia, or indigestion; leaving their defunct bodies almost entirely bankrupt of anything like oil.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (7% in)

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