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altitude
used in Moby Dick

5 uses
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Definition
elevation (height) — typically above sea level or above the earth's surface

or:

(metaphorically) a desirable height
  • And besides, when a man is elevated in that odd fashion, he has no proper foundation for his superior altitude.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (17% in)
  • With the problem of the universe revolving in me, how could I—being left completely to myself at such a thought-engendering altitude—how could I but lightly hold my obligations to observe all whale-ships' standing orders, "Keep your weather eye open, and sing out every time."
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (56% in)
  • Second: To the native Indian of Peru, the continual sight of the snow-howdahed Andes conveys naught of dread, except, perhaps, in the mere fancying of the eternal frosted desolateness reigning at such vast altitudes, and the natural conceit of what a fearfulness it would be to lose oneself in such inhuman solitudes.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (92% in)
  • From their arrow-slit in the skull, the priests perceived me taking the altitude of the final rib, "How now!" they shouted; "Dar'st thou measure this our god!
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (92% in)
  • It looks like a real live leg, filed down to nothing but the core; he'll be standing on this to-morrow; he'll be taking altitudes on it.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (99% in)

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