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sprain
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
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Definition
injury to the ligaments of a joint caused by stretching them too far — most commonly injuring the ankle

(ligaments are the tough, fibrous bands that connect bones across joints)
  • The landlord was near spraining his wrist, and I told him for heaven's sake to quit—the bed was soft enough to suit me, and I did not know how all the planing in the world could make eider down of a pine plank.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (63% in)
  • But at length, such calamities did ensue in these assaults—not restricted to sprained wrists and ankles, broken limbs, or devouring amputations—but fatal to the last degree of fatality; those repeated disastrous repulses, all accumulating and piling their terrors upon Moby Dick; those things had gone far to shake the fortitude of many brave hunters, to whom the story of the White Whale had eventually come.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (23% in)
  • " 'My wrist is sprained with ye!' he cried, at last; 'but there is still rope enough left for you, my fine bantam, that wouldn't give up.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (75% in)
  • It came to pass, that in the ambergris affair Stubb's after-oarsman chanced so to sprain his hand, as for a time to become quite maimed; and, temporarily, Pip was put into his place.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (78% in)
  • An oarsman sprains his wrist: the carpenter concocts a soothing lotion.
    Chapters 106-108 — Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (38% in)
  • Some sprained shoulders, wrists, and ankles; livid contusions; wrenched harpoons and lances; inextricable intricacies of rope; shattered oars and planks; all these were there; but no fatal or even serious ill seemed to have befallen any one.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (51% in)

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