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inexplicable
used in Moby Dick

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incapable of being explained or accounted for
  • In fact, I was so afraid of him that I was not game enough just then to address him, and demand a satisfactory answer concerning what seemed inexplicable in him.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (88% in)
  • But it seemed that, when on the wharf, Queequeg had not at all noticed what I now alluded to; hence I would have thought myself to have been optically deceived in that matter, were it not for Elijah's otherwise inexplicable question.
    Chapters 19-21 -- The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (83% in)
  • ...occurred to me, that as ordinary fish possess what is called a swimming bladder in them, capable, at will, of distension or contraction; and as the Sperm Whale, as far as I know, has no such provision in him; considering, too, the otherwise inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelope; considering the unique interior of his head; it...
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (19% in)
  • The anatomical fact of this labyrinth is indisputable; and that the supposition founded upon it is reasonable and true, seems the more cogent to me, when I consider the otherwise inexplicable obstinacy of that leviathan in HAVING HIS SPOUTINGS OUT, as the fishermen phrase it.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (6% in)
  • At times there are gestures in it, which, though they would well grace the hand of man, remain wholly inexplicable.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (43% in)
  • But that night, in particular, a strange (and ever since inexplicable) thing occurred to me.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (82% in)
  • For it had not been very long prior to the Pequod's sailing from Nantucket, that he had been found one night lying prone upon the ground, and insensible; by some unknown, and seemingly inexplicable, unimaginable casualty, his ivory limb having been so violently displaced, that it had stake-wise smitten, and all but pierced his groin; nor was it without extreme difficulty that the agonizing wound was entirely cured.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (5% in)

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