Moby-Dick: Cataract


  1. a large waterfall
  2. a great fall of water over a precipice

The word cataract appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 6 > Sentence 8:

Were Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel your thousand miles to see it?

Chapter 48 > Paragraph 52 > Sentence 1:

Floating on the waves we saw the abandoned boat, as for one instant it tossed and gaped beneath the ship's bows like a chip at the base of a cataract; and then the vast hull rolled over it, and it was seen no more till it came up weltering astern.

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