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strait
used in Moby Dick

2 meanings, 18 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
Strait of Hormuz
Definition
a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
  • Alone in his canoe, he paddled off to a distant strait, which he knew the ship must pass through when she quitted the island.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (78% in)
strait = narrow water passage
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2  —1 use as in:
put her in a tough strait
Definition
a bad or difficult situation
  • Once a vagabond on his own canal, I have received good turns from one of these Canallers; I thank him heartily; would fain be not ungrateful; but it is often one of the prime redeeming qualities of your man of violence, that at times he has as stiff an arm to back a poor stranger in a strait, as to plunder a wealthy one.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (58% in)
strait = difficult situation
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exact meaning not specified
  • This rampart is pierced by several sally-ports for the convenience of ships and whales; conspicuous among which are the straits of Sunda and Malacca.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (45% in)
  • Because Joppa, the modern Jaffa, shipmates, is on the most easterly coast of the Mediterranean, the Syrian; and Tarshish or Cadiz more than two thousand miles to the westward from that, just outside the Straits of Gibraltar.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (49% in)
  • They first caught crabs and quohogs in the sand; grown bolder, they waded out with nets for mackerel; more experienced, they pushed off in boats and captured cod; and at last, launching a navy of great ships on the sea, explored this watery world; put an incessant belt of circumnavigations round it; peeped in at Behring's Straits; and in all seasons and all oceans declared everlasting war with the mightiest animated mass that has survived the flood; most monstrous and most mountainous!
    Chapters 13-15 — Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (58% in)
  • Was it not so, O Timor Tom! thou famed leviathan, scarred like an iceberg, who so long did'st lurk in the Oriental straits of that name, whose spout was oft seen from the palmy beach of Ombay?
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (53% in)
  • By the straits of Sunda, chiefly, vessels bound to China from the west, emerge into the China seas.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (45% in)
  • Those narrow straits of Sunda divide Sumatra from Java; and standing midway in that vast rampart of islands, buttressed by that bold green promontory, known to seamen as Java Head; they not a little correspond to the central gateway opening into some vast walled empire: and considering the inexhaustible wealth of spices, and silks, and jewels, and gold, and ivory, with which the thousand islands of that oriental sea are enriched, it seems a significant provision of nature, that such...
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (46% in)
  • The shores of the Straits of Sunda are unsupplied with those domineering fortresses which guard the entrances to the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and the Propontis.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (47% in)
  • Time out of mind the piratical proas of the Malays, lurking among the low shaded coves and islets of Sumatra, have sallied out upon the vessels sailing through the straits, fiercely demanding tribute at the point of their spears.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (48% in)
  • With a fair, fresh wind, the Pequod was now drawing nigh to these straits; Ahab purposing to pass through them into the Javan sea, and thence, cruising northwards, over waters known to be frequented here and there by the Sperm Whale, sweep inshore by the Philippine Islands, and gain the far coast of Japan, in time for the great whaling season there.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (49% in)
  • Now, as many Sperm Whales had been captured off the western coast of Java, in the near vicinity of the Straits of Sunda; indeed, as most of the ground, roundabout, was generally recognised by the fishermen as an excellent spot for cruising; therefore, as the Pequod gained more and more upon Java Head, the look-outs were repeatedly hailed, and admonished to keep wide awake.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (53% in)
  • Almost renouncing all thought of falling in with any game hereabouts, the ship had well nigh entered the straits, when the customary cheering cry was heard from aloft, and ere long a spectacle of singular magnificence saluted us.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (55% in)
  • As marching armies approaching an unfriendly defile in the mountains, accelerate their march, all eagerness to place that perilous passage in their rear, and once more expand in comparative security upon the plain; even so did this vast fleet of whales now seem hurrying forward through the straits; gradually contracting the wings of their semicircle, and swimming on, in one solid, but still crescentic centre.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (59% in)
  • If the wind only held, little doubt had they, that chased through these Straits of Sunda, the vast host would only deploy into the Oriental seas to witness the capture of not a few of their number.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (59% in)
  • As if too long lurking behind the headlands, till the Pequod should fairly have entered the straits, these rascally Asiatics were now in hot pursuit, to make up for their over-cautious delay.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (62% in)
  • As, blind and deaf, the whale plunged forward, as if by sheer power of speed to rid himself of the iron leech that had fastened to him; as we thus tore a white gash in the sea, on all sides menaced as we flew, by the crazed creatures to and fro rushing about us; our beset boat was like a ship mobbed by ice-isles in a tempest, and striving to steer through their complicated channels and straits, knowing not at what moment it may be locked in and crushed.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (72% in)
  • Whether owing to the almost omniscient look-outs at the mast-heads of the whaleships, now penetrating even through Behring's straits, and into the remotest secret drawers and lockers of the world; and the thousand harpoons and lances darted along all continental coasts; the moot point is, whether Leviathan can long endure so wide a chase, and so remorseless a havoc; whether he must not at last be exterminated from the waters, and the last whale, like the last man, smoke his last pipe,...
    Chapters 103-105 — Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (74% in)

There are no more uses of "strait" in Moby Dick.

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