Swallowing engrossing as an absorbing pursuit
- capable of stimulating and keeping the eye
- of Absorb
- Swallowing, engrossing; because, an absorbing goal.
(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Absorb
- (a.) Swallowing, engrossing; since, an absorbing goal.
But I had not proceeded far, when I began to bethink me that the Captain with whom I was to sail yet remained unseen by me; though, indeed, in many cases, a whale-ship will be completely fitted out, and receive all her crew on board, ere the captain makes himself visible by arriving to take command; for sometimes these voyages are so prolonged, and the shore intervals at home so exceedingly brief, that if the captain have a family, or any absorbing concernment of that sort, he does not trouble himself much about his ship in port, but leaves her to the owners till all is ready for sea.