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salutation
used in Moby Dick

5 uses
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Definition
a greeting — such as "Hi",  "Dear John:", or "Ladies and Gentlemen"

or:

the act of greeting
  • Like some poor devils ashore that happen to know an irascible great man, they make distant unobtrusive salutations to him in the street, lest if they pursued the acquaintance further, they might receive a summary thump for their presumption.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (52% in)
  • If two strangers crossing the Pine Barrens in New York State, or the equally desolate Salisbury Plain in England; if casually encountering each other in such inhospitable wilds, these twain, for the life of them, cannot well avoid a mutual salutation; and stopping for a moment to interchange the news; and, perhaps, sitting down for a while and resting in concert: then, how much more natural that upon the illimitable Pine Barrens and Salisbury Plains of the sea, two whaling vessels...
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (9% in)
  • Had this tail any prehensile power, I should straightway bethink me of Darmonodes' elephant that so frequented the flower-market, and with low salutations presented nosegays to damsels, and then caressed their zones.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (35% in)
  • Death seems the only desirable sequel for a career like this; but Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored; therefore, to the death-longing eyes of such men, who still have left in them some interior compunctions against suicide, does the all-contributed and all-receptive ocean alluringly spread forth his whole plain of unimaginable, taking terrors, and...
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (28% in)
  • But no formal salutation was exchanged.
    Chapters 127-129 -- The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin--Ahab and Pip (34% in)

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