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near the wind
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Near \Near\ (n[=e]r), adv. [AS. ne['a]r, compar. of ne['a]h nigh. See Nigh.] 1. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh. [1913 Webster] My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. "Near twenty years ago." --Shak. "Near a fortnight ago." --Addison. [1913 Webster] Near about the yearly value of the land. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. Closely; intimately. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Far and near, at a distance and close by; throughout a whole region. To come near to, to want but little of; to approximate to. "Such a sum he found would go near to ruin him." --Addison. Near the wind (Naut.), close to the wind; closehauled. [1913 Webster]