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poise
used in Moby Dick

7 uses
  • Outside of the bulwarks their eager crews with one hand clung to the rail, while one foot was expectantly poised on the gunwale.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (32% in)
  • Without saying a word, Queequeg, in his wild sort of way, jumped upon the bulwarks, from thence into the bows of one of the whale-boats hanging to the side; and then bracing his left knee, and poising his harpoon, cried out in some such way as this:— "Cap'ain, you see him small drop tar on water dere?
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (91% in)
  • Now, while Macey, the mate, was standing up in his boat's bow, and with all the reckless energy of his tribe was venting his wild exclamations upon the whale, and essaying to get a fair chance for his poised lance, lo! a broad white shadow rose from the sea; by its quick, fanning motion, temporarily taking the breath out of the bodies of the oarsmen.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (51% in)
  • So, in good time my Queequeg gained strength; and at length after sitting on the windlass for a few indolent days (but eating with a vigorous appetite) he suddenly leaped to his feet, threw out his arms and legs, gave himself a good stretching, yawned a little bit, and then springing into the head of his hoisted boat, and poising a harpoon, pronounced himself fit for a fight.
    Chapters 109-111 — Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (82% in)
  • In an instant the yards swung round; and as the ship half-wheeled upon her heel, her three firm-seated graceful masts erectly poised upon her long, ribbed hull, seemed as the three Horatii pirouetting on one sufficient steed.
    Chapters 118-120 — The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (21% in)
  • It receives its designation (pitchpoling) from its being likened to that preliminary up-and-down poise of the whale-lance, in the exercise called pitchpoling, previously described.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (19% in)
  • At length as the craft was cast to one side, and ran ranging along with the White Whale's flank, he seemed strangely oblivious of its advance—as the whale sometimes will—and Ahab was fairly within the smoky mountain mist, which, thrown off from the whale's spout, curled round his great, Monadnock hump; he was even thus close to him; when, with body arched back, and both arms lengthwise high-lifted to the poise, he darted his fierce iron, and his far fiercer curse into the hated whale.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (86% in)

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