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constant
used in Moby Dick

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unchanging, continuous, or happening repeatedly
  • Some moments passed, during which the thick vapour came from his mouth in quick and constant puffs, which blew back again into his face.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (95% in)
  • But wherefore it was that after having repeatedly smelt the sea as a merchant sailor, I should now take it into my head to go on a whaling voyage; this the invisible police officer of the Fates, who has the constant surveillance of me, and secretly dogs me, and influences me in some unaccountable way—he can better answer than any one else.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (19% in)
  • Nevertheless, this same expressive word has now for many years been in constant use among some fifteen thousand true born Yankees.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (18% in)
  • For the strain constantly kept up by the windlass continually keeps the whale rolling over and over in the water, and as the blubber in one strip uniformly peels off along the line called the "scarf," simultaneously cut by the spades of Starbuck and Stubb, the mates; and just as fast as it is thus peeled off, and indeed by that very act itself, it is all the time being hoisted higher and higher aloft till its upper end grazes the main-top; the men at the windlass then cease heaving,...
    Chapters 67-69 — Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (15% in)
  • It seemed formed of detached white vapours, rising and falling something like the spouts of the whales; only they did not so completely come and go; for they constantly hovered, without finally disappearing.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (61% in)
  • Others having broken the stems of their pipes almost short off at the bowl, were vigorously puffing tobacco-smoke, so that it constantly filled their olfactories.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (27% in)
  • But as this conductor must descend to considerable depth, that its end may avoid all contact with the hull; and as moreover, if kept constantly towing there, it would be liable to many mishaps, besides interfering not a little with some of the rigging, and more or less impeding the vessel's way in the water; because of all this, the lower parts of a ship's lightning-rods are not always overboard; but are generally made in long slender links, so as to be the more readily hauled up into...
    Chapters 118-120 — The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (47% in)
  • As the unsetting polar star, which through the livelong, arctic, six months' night sustains its piercing, steady, central gaze; so Ahab's purpose now fixedly gleamed down upon the constant midnight of the gloomy crew.
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (4% in)
  • Because in such a wilderness of running rigging, whose various different relations aloft cannot always be infallibly discerned by what is seen of them at the deck; and when the deck-ends of these ropes are being every few minutes cast down from the fastenings, it would be but a natural fatality, if, unprovided with a constant watchman, the hoisted sailor should by some carelessness of the crew be cast adrift and fall all swooping to the sea.
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (35% in)

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