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buoyant
used in Moby Dick

12 uses
  • Usually the dead Sperm Whale floats with great buoyancy, with its side or belly considerably elevated above the surface.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (93% in)
  • The strange, upheaving, lifting tendency of the taffrail breeze filling the hollows of so many sails, made the buoyant, hovering deck to feel like air beneath the feet; while still she rushed along, as if two antagonistic influences were struggling in her—one to mount direct to heaven, the other to drive yawingly to some horizontal goal.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (66% in)
  • Then, again, it would never do in plain sight of the world's riveted eyes, it would never do, I say, for this straddling captain to be seen steadying himself the slightest particle by catching hold of anything with his hands; indeed, as token of his entire, buoyant self-command, he generally carries his hands in his trowsers' pockets; but perhaps being generally very large, heavy hands, he carries them there for ballast.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (22% in)
  • It is worse; for you cannot sit motionless in the heart of these perils, because the boat is rocking like a cradle, and you are pitched one way and the other, without the slightest warning; and only by a certain self-adjusting buoyancy and simultaneousness of volition and action, can you escape being made a Mazeppa of, and run away with where the all-seeing sun himself could never pierce you out.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (94% in)
  • Though apparently the most massive, it is by far the most buoyant part about him.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (26% in)
  • Unerringly impelling this dead, impregnable, uninjurable wall, and this most buoyant thing within; there swims behind it all a mass of tremendous life, only to be adequately estimated as piled wood is—by the cord; and all obedient to one volition, as the smallest insect.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (23% in)
  • If the only whales that thus sank were old, meagre, and broken-hearted creatures, their pads of lard diminished and all their bones heavy and rheumatic; then you might with some reason assert that this sinking is caused by an uncommon specific gravity in the fish so sinking, consequent upon this absence of buoyant matter in him.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (94% in)
  • For young whales, in the highest health, and swelling with noble aspirations, prematurely cut off in the warm flush and May of life, with all their panting lard about them; even these brawny, buoyant heroes do sometimes sink.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (95% in)
  • But there are instances where, after the lapse of many hours or several days, the sunken whale again rises, more buoyant than in life.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (97% in)
  • Your only salvation lies in eluding it; but if it comes sideways through the opposing water, then partly owing to the light buoyancy of the whale boat, and the elasticity of its materials, a cracked rib or a dashed plank or two, a sort of stitch in the side, is generally the most serious result.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (33% in)
  • As when the stricken whale, that from the tub has reeled out hundreds of fathoms of rope; as, after deep sounding, he floats up again, and shows the slackened curling line buoyantly rising and spiralling towards the air; so now, Starbuck saw long coils of the umbilical cord of Madame Leviathan, by which the young cub seemed still tethered to its dam.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (87% in)
  • Till, gaining that vital centre, the black bubble upward burst; and now, liberated by reason of its cunning spring, and, owing to its great buoyancy, rising with great force, the coffin life-buoy shot lengthwise from the sea, fell over, and floated by my side.
    Epilogue (64% in)

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