Usage examples for whalebone

  1. Gentlemen who had lounged on sofas, and balanced themselves in chairs, all the way from Philadelphia, with all the conscious fascinations of stiff stays and neck- cloths, which, while doing to death the rash beauties who ventured to gaze, seemed but a whalebone panoply to guard the wearer, these pretty youths so guarded from without, so sweetly at peace within, now crushed beneath their armour, looked more like victims on the wheel, than dandies armed for conquest; their whalebones seemed to enter into their souls, and every face grew grim and scowling. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  2. This tribute is derived from the skins of animals, feathers of various birds, whalebone, and ship- ropes, which are made of whales' hides and of seals. – The Discovery of Muscovy etc. by Richard Hakluyt
  3. Yorke took out of a drawer a life- preserver, made of lead and whalebone, struck with it once, to test its weight and elasticity, then slipped it into his shooting- jacket pocket. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  4. On each shoulder was a wide strip of black, bordered with whitish bands; and the tail, which was full three feet long, was clothed with a thick growth of coarse hair, several inches in length, that looked like strips of whalebone. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  5. These are not reed or steel, but real whalebone. – The Darling and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  6. You know the rest, except that this letter gives the location of the whalebone. – The Blue Envelope by Roy J. Snell
  7. These notes are a challenge; and the bird in the tree supposes them to proceed from the stuffed bird in the grass, and descends to fight him, when, as the deceived bird alights, his wings or feet come in contact with the whalebone- sometimes he perches on it- and the lime holds him fast. – Wild Life in a Southern County by Richard Jefferies
  8. He dances like whalebone, and he makes grand bread! – Further Experiences of an Irish R.M. by E. OEnone Somerville Martin Ross
  9. But I thought whalebone was what you were after! – The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  10. " I must needs go sometimes to buy whalebone, and other trifles which I must have for my business here. – New National Fourth Reader by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
  11. This she has done in a rather ingenious manner by causing certain of the muscle- rings in the wall of the chest to turn first into gristle, or cartilage, and then later into bone, making what are known as the ribs; these run round the chest much as hoops do round a barrel, or as the whalebone rings did in the old- fashioned hoop skirt. – A Handbook of Health by Woods Hutchinson
  12. Even the steel and whalebone combination that constituted the frame of the Inspector appeared to show some slight signs of wear; but all feeling of weariness vanished when the Inspector, who was in the lead, halted at the edge of a wide sweeping valley and, pointing far ahead, said, The Blood reserve. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  13. I rolled the loaded whalebone up in a red handkerchief, and locked it into my chest of drawers, designing to destroy it, which I did, so soon as the servants were in bed; and then I felt a chill and a slight shiver;- 'twas only that I was an older man. – The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  14. Well, if the oil is replaced and whalebone has no value, what is to be got out of whaling now, then? – The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  15. In young children, the deformity is corrected by wearing a light splint fixed with strips of plaster, or a piece of whalebone or steel inside the finger of a glove. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  16. The place of concealment had been cleverly chosen; the breeches apparently buttoned closely at the knee, but in reality they were loose enough to enable a finger and thumb to be passed between them and the stocking, and in the lining of the breeches was a pocket in which the cards had been placed, being held there by two pieces of whalebone, that closed the pocket. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  17. One minute he nearly gored us to death with his writhing buttocks, and the next, he befouled us so with his stinking kisses that Quartilla, with her robe tucked high, held up her whalebone wand and ordered him to give the unhappy wretches quarter. – The Satyricon, Complete by Petronius Arbiter
  18. How could Patty come here, and dressed in silk and whalebone too? – Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.) by Robert Paltock Commentator: A. H. Bullen
  19. Upon which Dalton soon found out one Whalebone, a fellow of a like disposition with himself; and they went about stealing boats and negroes, running away with them and selling them in other colonies. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward