slide slowly and smoothly into a position Etymology: From Latin “insinuare” meaning “to bend, curve”. (early 16th century)
Jackson 2 Context: “‘Avast!’ cried a voice, whose owner at the same time coming close behind us, laid a hand upon both our shoulders, and then insinuating himself between us, stood stooping forward a little, in the uncertain twilight, strangely peering from Queenqueg to me,” (Melville 104). 4. Pewter Definition: a gray alloy of tin with copper and antimony (formerly tin and lead). Etymology: From French “peutre” and from Latin “piltrum”. Context: “Forthwith, slowly going from one officer to the other, he brimmed the harpoon sockets with the fiery waters from the pewter,” (Melville 177). 5. Vicissitudes Definition: a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant. Etymology: From Latin “vicissim” meaning “by turns” and “vic-” meaning “turn, change” and “vicis” meaning “change, alteration” (early 17th century) Context: “Ahab well knew that although his friends at home would think little of his
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