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essential
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
necessary or important or relating to the basic nature of something
  • Thinks I, Queequeg, under the circumstances, this is a very civilized overture; but, the truth is, these savages have an innate sense of delicacy, say what you will; it is marvellous how essentially polite they are.
    Chapters 4-6 — The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (32% in)
essentially = basically (relating to the basic nature of something)
  • Much might be ruminated here, concerning the essential dignity of this regal process, because in common life we esteem but meanly and contemptibly a fellow who anoints his hair, and palpably smells of that anointing.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (5% in)
  • essential = basic (related to the basic facts or principles)
  • The baleen, hump, back-fin, and teeth; these are things whose peculiarities are indiscriminately dispersed among all sorts of whales, without any regard to what may be the nature of their structure in other and more essential particulars.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (50% in)
  • essential = important or necessary
  • Nor would difference of country make any very essential difference; that is, so long as both parties speak one language, as is the case with Americans and English.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (12% in)
  • essential = important
  • The magnetic energy, as developed in the mariner's needle, is, as all know, essentially one with the electricity beheld in heaven; hence it is not to be much marvelled at, that such things should be.
    Chapters 124-126 — The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (12% in)
essentially = basically (relating to the basic nature of something)
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