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vortex
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
the shape of something rotating rapidly — such as a tornado
or: a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
  • Over Descartian vortices you hover.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (63% in)
  • And now, concentric circles seized the lone boat itself, and all its crew, and each floating oar, and every lance-pole, and spinning, animate and inanimate, all round and round in one vortex, carried the smallest chip of the Pequod out of sight.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (98% in)
  • So, floating on the margin of the ensuing scene, and in full sight of it, when the halfspent suction of the sunk ship reached me, I was then, but slowly, drawn towards the closing vortex.
    Epilogue (41% in)

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