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relative
used in Moby Dick

2 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
the relative importance
Definition
compared with something else (not an absolute value or not complete)
  • The strongest and most reliable hold which the ship has upon the whale when moored alongside, is by the flukes or tail; and as from its greater density that part is relatively heavier than any other (excepting the side-fins), its flexibility even in death, causes it to sink low beneath the surface; so that with the hand you cannot get at it from the boat, in order to put the chain round it.
    Chapters 64-66 — Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (10% in)

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2  —1 use as in:
they are relatives
Definition
connected
in various senses, including:
  • a person related by blood or marriage — as in "The hospital won't let me visit her because I'm not a relative."
  • a plant or animal related by origin or grouping — "The closest relative of the dog is the gray wolf."
  • Whether any of the relatives of the seamen whose names appeared there were now among the congregation, I knew not; but so many are the unrecorded accidents in the fishery, and so plainly did several women present wear the countenance if not the trappings of some unceasing grief, that I feel sure that here before me were assembled those, in whose unhealing hearts the sight of those bleak tablets sympathetically caused the old wounds to bleed afresh.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (8% in)

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exact meaning not specified
  • From its relative situation then, I should call this high hump the organ of firmness or indomitableness in the Sperm Whale.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (30% in)
  • ...that were buried thousands of years before even Pliny was born, do not measure so much in their coffins as a modern Kentuckian in his socks; and while the cattle and other animals sculptured on the oldest Egyptian and Nineveh tablets, by the relative proportions in which they are drawn, just as plainly prove that the high-bred, stall-fed, prize cattle of Smithfield, not only equal, but far exceed in magnitude the fattest of Pharaoh's fat kine; in the face of all this, I will not admit...
    Chapters 103-105 — Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (72% in)

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