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windward
used in Moby Dick

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the direction from which the wind is coming
  • Full of fine spirits, they invariably come from the breezy billows to windward.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (76% in)
  • There was nothing so very particular, perhaps, about the appearance of the elderly man I saw; he was brown and brawny, like most old seamen, and heavily rolled up in blue pilot-cloth, cut in the Quaker style; only there was a fine and almost microscopic net-work of the minutest wrinkles interlacing round his eyes, which must have arisen from his continual sailings in many hard gales, and always looking to windward;—for this causes the muscles about the eyes to become pursed together.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (13% in)
  • ...loath to say good-bye to a thing so every way brimful of every interest to him,—poor old Bildad lingered long; paced the deck with anxious strides; ran down into the cabin to speak another farewell word there; again came on deck, and looked to windward; looked towards the wide and endless waters, only bounded by the far-off unseen Eastern Continents; looked towards the land; looked aloft; looked right and left; looked everywhere and nowhere; and at last, mechanically coiling a rope...
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (31% in)
  • Here have I been unconsciously toiling, not pleasuring—aye, and ignorantly smoking to windward all the while; to windward, and with such nervous whiffs, as if, like the dying whale, my final jets were the strongest and fullest of trouble.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (97% in)
  • Here have I been unconsciously toiling, not pleasuring—aye, and ignorantly smoking to windward all the while; to windward, and with such nervous whiffs, as if, like the dying whale, my final jets were the strongest and fullest of trouble.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (97% in)
  • In shape, the Sleet's crow's-nest is something like a large tierce or pipe; it is open above, however, where it is furnished with a movable side-screen to keep to windward of your head in a hard gale.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (48% in)
  • Hardly had they pulled out from under the ship's lee, when a fourth keel, coming from the windward side, pulled round under the stern, and showed the five strangers rowing Ahab, who, standing erect in the stern, loudly hailed Starbuck, Stubb, and Flask, to spread themselves widely, so as to cover a large expanse of water.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (39% in)
  • Meantime, Ahab, out of hearing of his officers, having sided the furthest to windward, was still ranging ahead of the other boats; a circumstance bespeaking how potent a crew was pulling him.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (56% in)
  • He loaded it, and rammed home the loading with his thumb-end; but hardly had he ignited his match across the rough sandpaper of his hand, when Tashtego, his harpooneer, whose eyes had been setting to windward like two fixed stars, suddenly dropped like light from his erect attitude to his seat, crying out in a quick phrensy of hurry, "Down, down all, and give way!
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (71% in)
  • So, with his ivory leg inserted into its accustomed hole, and with one hand firmly grasping a shroud, Ahab for hours and hours would stand gazing dead to windward, while an occasional squall of sleet or snow would all but congeal his very eyelashes together.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (90% in)
  • But taking advantage of his windward position, he again seized his trumpet, and knowing by her aspect that the stranger vessel was a Nantucketer and shortly bound home, he loudly hailed—"Ahoy there!
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (4% in)
  • From the ship, the smoke of the torments of the boiling whale is going up like the smoke over a village of smithies; and to windward, a black cloud, rising up with earnest of squalls and rains, seems to quicken the activity of the excited seamen.
    Chapters 55-57 — Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint.... (76% in)
  • But as she was so far to windward, and shooting by, apparently making a passage to some other ground, the Pequod could not hope to reach her.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (19% in)
  • "How it was exactly," continued the one-armed commander, "I do not know; but in biting the line, it got foul of his teeth, caught there somehow; but we didn't know it then; so that when we afterwards pulled on the line, bounce we came plump on to his hump! instead of the other whale's; that went off to windward, all fluking.
    Chapters 100-102 — The Pequod meets....; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (17% in)
  • The four whales slain that evening had died wide apart; one, far to windward; one, less distant, to leeward; one ahead; one astern.
    Chapters 115-117 — The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (77% in)
  • These last three were brought alongside ere nightfall; but the windward one could not be reached till morning; and the boat that had killed it lay by its side all night; and that boat was Ahab's.
    Chapters 115-117 — The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (78% in)
  • Though lifted to the very top of the cranes, the windward quarter boat (Ahab's) did not escape.
    Chapters 118-120 — The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (31% in)
  • Yonder, to windward, all is blackness of doom; but to leeward, homeward—I see it lightens up there; but not with the lightning.
    Chapters 118-120 — The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (43% in)
  • At the time the Pequod was making good speed through the water; but as the broad-winged windward stranger shot nigh to her, the boastful sails all fell together as blank bladders that are burst, and all life fled from the smitten hull.
    Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (29% in)
  • It seemed that somewhat late on the afternoon of the day previous, while three of the stranger's boats were engaged with a shoal of whales, which had led them some four or five miles from the ship; and while they were yet in swift chase to windward, the white hump and head of Moby Dick had suddenly loomed up out of the water, not very far to leeward; whereupon, the fourth rigged boat—a reserved one—had been instantly lowered in chase.
    Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (37% in)
  • The recall signals were placed in the rigging; darkness came on; and forced to pick up her three far to windward boats—ere going in quest of the fourth one in the precisely opposite direction—the ship had not only been necessitated to leave that boat to its fate till near midnight, but, for the time, to increase her distance from it.
    Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (42% in)
  • Leeward! the white whale goes that way; look to windward, then; the better if the bitterer quarter.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (69% in)

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