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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Close \Close\, v. i.
   1. To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a
      wound, or parts separated.
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            What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?
                                                  --Byron.
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   2. To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate
      closed at six o'clock.
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   3. To grapple; to engage in hand-to-hand fight.
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            They boldly closed in a hand-to-hand contest.
                                                  --Prescott.
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   To close on or To close upon, to come to a mutual
      agreement; to agree on or join in. "Would induce France
      and Holland to close upon some measures between them to
      our disadvantage." --Sir W. Temple.

   To close with.
      (a) To accede to; to consent or agree to; as, to close
          with the terms proposed.
      (b) To make an agreement with.

   To close with the land (Naut.), to approach the land.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Close \Close\ (kl[=o]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Closed
   (kl[=o]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Closing.] [From OF. & F. clos,
   p. p. of clore to close, fr. L. claudere; akin to G.
   schliessen to shut, and to E. clot, cloister, clavicle,
   conclude, sluice. Cf. Clause, n.]
   1. To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close
      the eyes; to close a door.
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   2. To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to
      close the ranks of an army; -- often used with up.
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   3. To bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to
      finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to
      close a course of instruction.
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            One frugal supper did our studies close. --Dryden.
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   4. To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to
      confine.
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            The depth closed me round about.      --Jonah ii. 5.
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            But now thou dost thyself immure and close
            In some one corner of a feeble heart. --Herbert.
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   A closed sea, a sea within the jurisdiction of some
      particular nation, which controls its navigation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Close \Close\, n.
   1. The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
      [Obs.]
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            The doors of plank were; their close exquisite.
                                                  --Chapman.
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   2. Conclusion; cessation; ending; end.
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            His long and troubled life was drawing to a close.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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   3. A grapple in wrestling. --Bacon.
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   4. (Mus.)
      (a) The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
      (b) A double bar marking the end.
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                At every close she made, the attending throng
                Replied, and bore the burden of the song.
                                                  --Dryden.

   Syn: Conclusion; termination; cessation; end; ending;
        extremity; extreme.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Close \Close\ (kl[=o]s), a. [Compar. Closer (kl[=o]"s[~e]r);
   superl. Closest.] [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See
   Close, v. t.]
   1. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.
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            From a close bower this dainty music flowed.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   2. Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters. "A
      close prison." --Dickens.
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   3. Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a
      feeling of lassitude; -- said of the air, weather, etc.
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            If the rooms be low-roofed, or full of windows and
            doors, the one maketh the air close, . . . and the
            other maketh it exceeding unequal.    --Bacon.
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   4. Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close
      prisoner.
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   5. Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden. "He
      yet kept himself close because of Saul." --1 Chron. xii. 1
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            "Her close intent."                   --Spenser.
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   6. Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent. "For
      secrecy, no lady closer." --Shak.
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   7. Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact;
      as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as
      applied to liquids.
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            The golden globe being put into a press, . . . the
            water made itself way through the pores of that very
            close metal.                          --Locke.
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   8. Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning. "Where the
      original is close no version can reach it in the same
      compass." --Dryden.
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   9. Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; --
      often followed by to.
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            Plant the spring crocuses close to a wall.
                                                  --Mortimer.
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            The thought of the Man of sorrows seemed a very
            close thing -- not a faint hearsay.   --G. Eliot.
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   10. Short; as, to cut grass or hair close.
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   11. Intimate; familiar; confidential.
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             League with you I seek
             And mutual amity, so strait, so close,
             That I with you must dwell, or you with me.
                                                  --Milton.
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   12. Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote.
       "A close contest." --Prescott.
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   13. Difficult to obtain; as, money is close. --Bartlett.
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   14. Parsimonious; stingy. "A crusty old fellow, as close as a
       vise." --Hawthorne.
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   15. Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact;
       strict; as, a close translation. --Locke.
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   16. Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating;
       strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.
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   17. (Phon.) Uttered with a relatively contracted opening of
       the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French,
       Italian, and German; -- opposed to open.
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   Close borough. See under Borough.

   Close breeding. See under Breeding.

   Close communion, communion in the Lord's supper, restricted
      to those who have received baptism by immersion.

   Close corporation, a body or corporation which fills its
      own vacancies.

   Close fertilization. (Bot.) See Fertilization.

   Close harmony (Mus.), compact harmony, in which the tones
      composing each chord are not widely distributed over
      several octaves.

   Close time, a fixed period during which killing game or
      catching certain fish is prohibited by law.

   Close vowel (Pron.), a vowel which is pronounced with a
      diminished aperture of the lips, or with contraction of
      the cavity of the mouth.

   Close to the wind (Naut.), directed as nearly to the point
      from which the wind blows as it is possible to sail;
      closehauled; -- said of a vessel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Close \Close\ (? or ?), n. [OF. & F. clos an inclosure, fr.
   clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]
   1. An inclosed place; especially, a small field or piece of
      land surrounded by a wall, hedge, or fence of any kind; --
      specifically, the precinct of a cathedral or abbey.
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            Closes surrounded by the venerable abodes of deans
            and canons.                           --Macaulay.
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   2. A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the
      houses within. [Eng.] --Halliwell
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   3. (Law) The interest which one may have in a piece of
      ground, even though it is not inclosed. --Bouvier.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Close \Close\ (kl[=o]s), adv.
   1. In a close manner.
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   2. Secretly; darkly. [Obs.]
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            A wondrous vision which did close imply
            The course of all her fortune and posterity.
                                                  --Spenser.
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