near


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Near \Near\, a. [Compar. Nearer; superl. Nearest.] [See
   Near, adv.]
   1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote;
      close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. "As one near
      death." --Shak.
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            He served great Hector, and was ever near,
            Not with his trumpet only, but his spear. --Dryden.
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   2. Closely connected or related.
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            She is thy father's near kinswoman.   --Lev. xviii.
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   3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or
      affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
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   4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose,
      or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
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   5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close;
      narrow[3]; as, a near escape; a near miss.
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   6. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted
      States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near
      ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a.
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   7. Immediate; direct; close; short. "The nearest way."
      --Milton.
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   8. Close-fisted; parsimonious. [Obs. or Low, Eng.]
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   Note: Near may properly be followed by to before the thing
         approached; but more frequently to is omitted, and the
         adjective or the adverb is regarded as a preposition.
         The same is also true of the word nigh.
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   Syn: Nigh; close; adjacent; proximate; contiguous; present;
        ready; intimate; familiar; dear.
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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.
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            My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me.
                                                  --Milton.
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   2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. "Near twenty years ago."
      --Shak. "Near a fortnight ago." --Addison.
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            Near about the yearly value of the land. --Locke.
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   3. Closely; intimately. --Shak.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Near \Near\, prep.
   Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship
   sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Near \Near\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neared; p. pr. & vb. n
   Nearing.] [See Near, adv.]
   To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Near \Near\, v. i.
   To draw near; to approach.
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         A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist!
         And still it neared, and neared.         --Coleridge.
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