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instantaneous
used in Moby Dick

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occurring with no delay
  • For in his Natural History, the Baron himself affirms that at sight of the Sperm Whale, all fish (sharks included) are "struck with the most lively terrors," and "often in the precipitancy of their flight dash themselves against the rocks with such violence as to cause instantaneous death."
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (31% in)
  • And though of all men the moody captain of the Pequod was the least given to that sort of shallowest assumption; and though the only homage he ever exacted, was implicit, instantaneous obedience; though he required no man to remove the shoes from his feet ere stepping upon the quarter-deck; and though there were times when, owing to peculiar circumstances connected with events hereafter to be detailed, he addressed them in unusual terms, whether of condescension or IN TERROREM, or...
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (94% in)
  • But it very often happens that owing to the instantaneous, violent, convulsive running of the whale upon receiving the first iron, it becomes impossible for the harpooneer, however lightning-like in his movements, to pitch the second iron into him.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (90% in)
  • Now, it is no very easy matter for anybody—except those who are almost hourly used to it, like whalemen—to clamber up a ship's side from a boat on the open sea; for the great swells now lift the boat high up towards the bulwarks, and then instantaneously drop it half way down to the kelson.
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (5% in)
  • Thundering with the butts of three clubbed handspikes on the forecastle deck, Daggoo roused the sleepers with such judgment claps that they seemed to exhale from the scuttle, so instantaneously did they appear with their clothes in their hands.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (2% in)
  • And so, such hearts, though summary in each one suffering; still, if the gods decree it, in their life-time aggregate a whole age of woe, wholly made up of instantaneous intensities; for even in their pointless centres, those noble natures contain the entire circumferences of inferior souls.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (24% in)
  • Almost simultaneously, with a mighty volition of ungraduated, instantaneous swiftness, the White Whale darted through the weltering sea.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (87% in)

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