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near

 (nîr)
adv. near·er, near·est
1. To, at, or within a short distance or interval in space or time: moved the table nearer to the wall; as graduation draws near.
2. Just about; almost; nearly: was near exhausted from the climb.
3. With or in a close relationship: It turns out we are near related.
adj. nearer, nearest
1. Close in time, space, position, or degree: near neighbors; near equals.
2. Closely related by kinship or association; intimate: a near relative; a near and dear friend. See Synonyms at close.
3.
a. Nearly occurring but not actually happening: a near victory; a near disaster.
b. Just barely avoided: a near hit by the incendiary bomb.
4.
a. Closely corresponding to or resembling an original: a near likeness.
b. Closely resembling the genuine article: a dress of near satin; near silver beads.
5.
a. Closer of two or more: Take the near street and then turn right.
b. Being on the left side of an animal or vehicle.
c. Being the animal or vehicle on the left.
6. Short and direct: the nearest route to town.
7. Archaic Stingy; parsimonious.
prep.
Close to: an inn near London.
v. neared, near·ing, nears
v.tr.
To come close or closer to: The plane neared the terminal.
v.intr.
To draw near or nearer; approach: as the holiday nears.

[Middle English ner, from Old English nēar, from comparative of nēah, close, near.]

near′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nearness - the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance; "the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into action"
distance - the property created by the space between two objects or points
propinquity, proximity - the property of being close together
adjacency, contiguity, contiguousness - the attribute of being so near as to be touching
farawayness, farness, remoteness - the property of being remote

nearness

noun
1. closeness, proximity, juxtaposition, contiguity, availability, vicinity, accessibility, propinquity, handiness The nearness of the house to the station is an added bonus.
2. imminence, closeness, immediacy the later years, when we become aware of the nearness of death

nearness

noun
The act or fact of coming near:
Translations
قُرب، كَثَب
blízkost
nærhed
nálægî

nearness

[ˈnɪənɪs] N (in place) → proximidad f, cercanía f; (in time) → proximidad f, inminencia f
because of its nearness to the stationpor estar tan cerca de la estación, por su cercancía a la estación

nearness

[ˈnɪərnɪs] nproximité f
The nearness of the factory made Carrow Road a danger area → La proximité de l'usine faisait de Carrow Road une zone dangereuse.
nearness to [+ place] → proximité de

nearness

nNähe f

nearness

[ˈnɪənɪs] nprossimità, vicinanza

near

(niə) adjective
1. not far away in place or time. The station is quite near; Christmas is getting near.
2. not far away in relationship. He is a near relation.
adverb
1. to or at a short distance from here or the place mentioned. He lives quite near.
2. (with to) close to. Don't sit too near to the window.
preposition
at a very small distance from (in place, time etc). She lives near the church; It was near midnight when they arrived.
verb
to come near (to). The roads became busier as they neared the town; as evening was nearing.
ˈnearly adverb
not far from; almost. nearly one o'clock; He has nearly finished.
ˈnearness noun
nearby (niəˈbai) adverb
close to here or the place mentioned. He lives nearby; a cottage with a stream running nearby.
ˈnearside adjective
(of the side of a vehicle etc) furthest from the centre of the road.
ˌnear-ˈsighted adjective
short-sighted.
a near miss
something that is almost a hit, success etc.
References in classic literature ?
That meant the nearness of war; the revolt of slaves; confusion ending in fire and flame through which she was borne safely in the strong arms of Pelagie, and carried to the log cabin which was still their home.
Notwithstanding the nearness of the enemy, and his own great personal danger, the countenance of the young warrior expressed no other emotion, as the former was compelled to think, than amazement at finding men willing to encounter so useless an exposure.
As Phoebe curtsied in reply, the Judge bent forward, with the pardonable and even praiseworthy purpose--considering the nearness of blood and the difference of age--of bestowing on his young relative a kiss of acknowledged kindred and natural affection.
He appeared thus again with I won't say greater distinctness, for that was impossible, but with a nearness that represented a forward stride in our intercourse and made me, as I met him, catch my breath and turn cold.
You've been up to some trick, and you've been bribing him not to tell," said the Squire, with a sudden acuteness which startled Godfrey, who felt his heart beat violently at the nearness of his father's guess.
Distance had lent no enchantment which nearness did not a hundred times repay.
In the immediate nearness of the gold, all else had been forgotten: his promise and the doctor's warning were both things of the past, and I could not doubt that he hoped to seize upon the treasure, find and board the HISPANIOLA under cover of night, cut every honest throat about that island, and sail away as he had at first intended, laden with crimes and riches.
So far is the general sense of mankind from corresponding with the tenets of those who endeavor to lull asleep our apprehensions of discord and hostility between the States, in the event of disunion, that it has from long observation of the progress of society become a sort of axiom in politics, that vicinity or nearness of situation, constitutes nations natural enemies.
An approximate nearness of age, a similarity in ways of thinking, a common love of fresh air, and of the rich landscape scenery through which the coach was lumbering along,--these things, together with an indescribable magnetic something, drew us before long into one of those short-lived traveller's intimacies, in which we unbend with the more complacency because the intercourse is by its very nature transient, and makes no implicit demands upon the future.
I had not long to wait before a stealthy sound apprised me of their nearness, and then a war-bonneted, paint-streaked face was thrust cautiously around the shoulder of the cliff, and savage eyes looked into mine.
Her cloud-like hair, dishevelled, Betrays the nearness of her sleep.
Within doors there was Lady Catherine, books, and a billiard-table, but gentlemen cannot always be within doors; and in the nearness of the Parsonage, or the pleasantness of the walk to it, or of the people who lived in it, the two cousins found a temptation from this period of walking thither almost every day.