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contrast
used in Moby Dick

3 meanings, 22 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Definition
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
  • The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (56% in)
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
There are no more uses of "contrast" flagged with this meaning in Moby Dick.

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2  —19 uses as in:
there is a contrast
Definition
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
  • In the first place, you are struck by the general contrast between these heads.
    Chapters 73-75 — Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (45% in)
contrast = difference
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • His face was deeply brown and burnt, making his white teeth dazzling by the contrast; while in the deep shadows of his eyes floated some reminiscences that did not seem to give him much joy.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (57% in)
  • contrast = notable difference
  • But who could show a cheek like Queequeg? which, barred with various tints, seemed like the Andes' western slope, to show forth in one array, contrasting climates, zone by zone.
    Chapters 4-6 — The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (60% in)
  • contrasting = differing
  • In strange contrast to the hardly tolerable constraint and nameless invisible domineerings of the captain's table, was the entire care-free license and ease, the almost frantic democracy of those inferior fellows the harpooneers.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (17% in)
  • contrast = notable difference
  • But if we Southern whale-fishers are not so snugly housed aloft as Captain Sleet and his Greenlandmen were; yet that disadvantage is greatly counter-balanced by the widely contrasting serenity of those seductive seas in which we South fishers mostly float.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (54% in)
  • contrasting = differing
  • ...and hence, by bringing together two such opposite emotions in our minds, the Polar bear frightens us with so unnatural a contrast.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (69% in)
  • contrast = notable difference
  • Meantime, Queequeg's impulsive, indifferent sword, sometimes hitting the woof slantingly, or crookedly, or strongly, or weakly, as the case might be; and by this difference in the concluding blow producing a corresponding contrast in the final aspect of the completed fabric;
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (23% in)
  • contrast = difference
  • Besides he all the time looked so easy and indolent himself, so loungingly managed his steering-oar, and so broadly gaped—open-mouthed at times—that the mere sight of such a yawning commander, by sheer force of contrast, acted like a charm upon the crew.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (49% in)
  • contrast = difference
  • These temporary apprehensions, so vague but so awful, derived a wondrous potency from the contrasting serenity of the weather, in which, beneath all its blue blandness, some thought there lurked a devilish charm, as for days and days we voyaged along, through seas so wearily, lonesomely mild, that all space, in repugnance to our vengeful errand, seemed vacating itself of life before our urn-like prow.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (77% in)
  • contrasting = differing
  • They contain round archipelagoes of romantic isles, even as the Polynesian waters do; in large part, are shored by two great contrasting nations, as the Atlantic is; they furnish long maritime approaches to our numerous territorial colonies from the East, dotted all round their banks; here and there are frowned upon by batteries, and by the goat-like craggy guns of lofty Mackinaw; they have heard the fleet thunderings of naval victories; at intervals, they yield their beaches to wild...
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (32% in)
  • contrasting = differing
  • ...through all the wide contrasting scenery of those noble Mohawk counties;
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (54% in)
  • contrasting = differing
  • The half-emptied line-tub floats on the whitened sea; the wooden poles of the spilled harpoons obliquely bob in it; the heads of the swimming crew are scattered about the whale in contrasting expressions of affright; while in the black stormy distance the ship is bearing down upon the scene.
    Chapters 55-57 — Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint.... (56% in)
  • contrasting = differing
  • Thus, the foreground is all raging commotion; but behind, in admirable artistic contrast, is the glassy level of a sea becalmed, the drooping unstarched sails of the powerless ship, and the inert mass of a dead whale, a conquered fortress, with the flag of capture lazily hanging from the whale-pole inserted into his spout-hole.
    Chapters 55-57 — Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint.... (61% in)
  • contrast = difference
  • The contrast between this Ottoman and his concubines is striking; because, while he is always of the largest leviathanic proportions, the ladies, even at full growth, are not more than one-third of the bulk of an average-sized male.
    Chapters 88-90 — Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (5% in)
  • contrast = difference
  • Their tawny features, now all begrimed with smoke and sweat, their matted beards, and the contrasting barbaric brilliancy of their teeth, all these were strangely revealed in the capricious emblazonings of the works.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (75% in)
  • contrasting = notably different (in brightness or tone)
  • And Ahab, he too was standing on his quarter-deck, shaggy and black, with a stubborn gloom; and as the two ships crossed each other's wakes—one all jubilations for things passed, the other all forebodings as to things to come—their two captains in themselves impersonated the whole striking contrast of the scene.
    Chapters 115-117 — The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (35% in)
  • contrast = notable difference
  • But though thus contrasting within, the contrast was only in shades and shadows without; those two seemed one; it was only the sex, as it were, that distinguished them.
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (61% in)
  • contrasting = differing
  • But though thus contrasting within, the contrast was only in shades and shadows without; those two seemed one; it was only the sex, as it were, that distinguished them.
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (61% in)
  • contrast = difference
  • For as the one ship that held them all; though it was put together of all contrasting things—oak, and maple, and pine wood; iron, and pitch, and hemp—yet all these ran into each other in the one concrete hull, which shot on its way, both balanced and directed by the long central keel; even so, all the individualities of the crew, this man's valor, that man's fear; guilt and guiltiness, all varieties were welded into oneness, and were all directed to that fatal goal which Ahab their one...
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (39% in)
contrasting = differing
There are no more uses of "contrast" flagged with this meaning in Moby Dick.

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3  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
Definition
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
  • The schools composing none but young and vigorous males, previously mentioned, offer a strong contrast to the harem schools.
    Chapters 88-90 — Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (28% in)
contrast = something notably different compared (to something)
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • ...by the very latitude and longitude where his tormenting wound had been inflicted; now that a vessel had been spoken which on the very day preceding had actually encountered Moby Dick;—and now that all his successive meetings with various ships contrastingly concurred to show the demoniac indifference with which the white whale tore his hunters, whether sinning or sinned against; now it was that there lurked a something in the old man's eyes, which it was hardly sufferable for feeble...
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (2% in)

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