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Moby-Dick Vocabulary

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Moby-Dick Vocabulary List for Chapter 1

Moby-Dick vocabulary list for Chapter 1 - as encountered in the text | alphabetical

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abominate
to hate something as much as possible; loathe
astern
the rear part of the ship; behind the ship; behind
athirst
wanting a drink; thirsty
bakehouses
a building or room to bake in; bakery
barques
any small sailing vessel
battery
an impressive grouping of things (people in this case)
brigs
two-masted, square-rigged vessels
bulwarks
the sides of a ship above the upper deck
cajoling
to urge with gentle and repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery; coax
cataract
a large waterfall; a great fall of water over a precipice
circumambulate
walk around
commerce
the trading of something of economic value such as goods, services, information or money between two or more entities
commonalty
the common people, as opposed to the upper classes; lacking noble rank
conceits
a favorable and especially unduly high opinion of one's own abilities or worth
consign
commit forever; commit irrevocably; give over to another for care or safekeeping
dale
valley; a low place between hills
decoction
boiling something to extract its virtues; concentration; extraction
delusion
a false belief or opinion
dotings
extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent
extremest
far beyond the norm
farces
a comedy which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant situations, broad satire, and rediculous, stereotyped characters
fore-castle deck
the deck at the foremost section of the ship, above where the crew is housed
fore-castle
the forward part of the vessel, under the deck, where the sailors live
genteel
high-class; well-bred; free from vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior
head winds
wind blowing in a direction opposite to the heading of a moving object
hypos
slang for hypochondria: an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness
ibis
large, wading birds, having long, curved beaks; any bird of the genus Ibis and several allied genera, of the family Ibidae
idolatrous
of or pertaining to the worship of false gods
inducements
a considering factor which motives someone to perform a certain task
infallibly
knowing for certain something to be true
inferred
to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence
inlanders
insular
on an island; suggesting the isolation of an island
interlude
a short dramatic piece, esp. of a light or farcical character, formerly introduced between the parts or acts of miracle and morality plays or given as part of other entertainments
judgmatically
sensible, indicating a well balanced decision
judiciously
having good or discriminating judgment; wise, sensible, or well-advised
landsmen
men who have never ventured out to sea
lath
a thin, narrow strip of wood, nailed to the studs of a building, for the purpose of supporting plaster
leagues
an association of individuals having a common goal
lee
when your standing next to something to block the wind or weather, that spot is the lee
loitering
standing around doing nothing; wasting time
manhattoes
people who live in Manhattan (the island borough of New York City, New York, USA)
mast
a pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc
mast-head
the topmost part of the mast
maxim
def
mazy
perplexed with turns and windings; winding; intricate
metaphysical
concepts above and beyond physical reality, such as God, the absolute, mind, matter
methodically
in a deliberate, oderly manner; systematically
mole
a massive structure, usually of stone, used as a pier, breakwater, or junction between places separated by water
nigh
near; near in place or time
old hunks
old miser; grumpy old man; old bully (slang)
pedestrian
lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction, etc.; commonplace; prosaic or dull
perdition
the utter loss of the soul, or of final happiness in a future state; future misery or eternal death; entire loss; utter destruction; ruin
pier-heads
the outward or seaward end of a pier or dock
plaster
a composition of lime, water, and sand used to coat walls
plumb
downright or absolute; reference to a plumb line (a small bit of lead tied to a line and used by masons and carpenters to establish a true vertical)
portentous
having forewarning properties of fear; something to be feared; indicating something is a bad omen
prevalent
widespread; found or existing everywhere
programme
a brief outline or explanation of the order things are to happen, or the subjects that will be covered, in any public exercise, performance, or entertainment (like the kind of 'program' you receive when you go the the circus or a ballgame)
pythagorean maxim
in a right triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the lengths of the sides
quarter-deck
the rear part of the uppermost deck on a ship, from which the Captain commands the sailing activities
reverentially
in a respectful manner
reveries
daydreams; absentminded dreaming while awake
rigging
the ropes supporting the masts and spars of a vessel, and serve as purchases for adjusting the sails
river horse
hippopotamus; a massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa
robust
indicating vigorous health
salt
an old or experienced sailor
schooners
a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts
sentinels
soldier who keeps guard; a person hired to watch for something to happen
spar
any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff
spiles
the posts used as a foundation for a dock; the piles
spurs
a lateral ridge projecting from a mountain or mountain range
tar-pot
the small pot held when tarring down the stays (various strong ropes for steadying masts)
tranced
a state of complete mental absorption or deep musing
tribulations
that which occasions distress, trouble, or vexation; severe affliction
urbane
courteous in manners; polite; refined; elegant
waterward
heading towards the water
whale
whale def
wherefore
whatever the reason for something happening; the cause or reason

Vocabulary from the book Moby Dick.

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