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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Close  \Close\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  come  together;  to  unite  or  coalesce,  as  the  parts  of  a 
  wound,  or  parts  separated. 
 
  What  deep  wounds  ever  closed  without  a  scar? 
  --Byron. 
 
  2.  To  end  terminate,  or  come  to  a  period;  as  the  debate 
  closed  at  six  o'clock. 
 
  3.  To  grapple;  to  engage  in  hand-to-hand  fight. 
 
  They  boldly  closed  in  a  hand-to-hand  contest. 
  --Prescott. 
 
  {To  close}  {on  or  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Closes  surrounded  by  the  venerable  abodes  of  deans 
  and  canons.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  A  narrow  passage  leading  from  a  street  to  a  court,  and  the 
  houses  within.  [Eng.]  --Halliwell 
 
  3.  (Law)  The  interest  which  one  may  have  in  a  piece  of 
  ground,  even  though  it  is  not  inclosed.  --Bouvier. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Close  \Close\,  a.  [Compar.  {Closer};  superl.  {Closest}.]  [Of.  & 
  F.  clos,  p.  p.  of  clore.  See  {Close},  v.  t.] 
  1.  Shut  fast  closed;  tight;  as  a  close  box. 
 
  From  a  close  bower  this  dainty  music  flowed. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Narrow;  confined;  as  a  close  alley;  close  quarters.  ``A 
  close  prison.''  --Dickens. 
 
  3.  Oppressive;  without  motion  or  ventilation;  causing  a 
  feeling  of  lassitude;  --  said  of  the  air,  weather,  etc 
 
  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. 
 
  4.  Strictly  confined;  carefully  quarded;  as  a  close 
  prisoner. 
 
  5.  Out  of  the  way  observation;  secluded;  secret;  hidden.  ``He 
  yet  kept  himself  close  because  of  Saul.''  --1  Chron.  xii. 
  1 
 
  ``Her  close  intent.''  --Spenser. 
 
  6.  Disposed  to  keep  secrets;  secretive;  reticent.  ``For 
  servecy  no  lady  closer.''  --Shak. 
 
  7.  Having  the  parts  near  each  other  dense;  solid;  compact; 
  as  applied  to  bodies;  viscous;  tenacious;  not  volatile,  as 
  applied  to  liquids. 
 
  The  golden  globe  being  put  into  a  press,  .  .  .  the 
  water  made  itself  way  through  the  pores  of  that  very 
  close  metal.  --Locke. 
 
  8.  Concise;  to  the  point;  as  close  reasoning.  ``Where  the 
  original  is  close  no  version  can  reach  it  in  the  same 
  compass.''  --Dryden. 
 
  9.  Adjoining;  near  either  in  space;  time,  or  thought;  -- 
  often  followed  by  to 
 
  Plant  the  spring  crocuses  close  to  a  wall. 
  --Mortimer. 
 
  The  thought  of  the  Man  of  sorrows  seemed  a  very 
  close  thing  --  not  a  faint  hearsay.  --G.  Eliot. 
 
  10.  Short;  as  to  cut  grass  or  hair  close 
 
  11.  Intimate;  familiar;  confidential. 
 
  League  with  you  I  seek  And  mutual  amity,  so  strait, 
  so  close  That  I  with  you  must  dwell,  or  you  with 
  me  --Milton. 
 
  12.  Nearly  equal;  almost  evenly  balanced;  as  a  close  vote. 
  ``A  close  contest.''  --Prescott. 
 
  13.  Difficult  to  obtain;  as  money  is  close  --Bartlett. 
 
  14.  Parsimonious;  stingy.  ``A  crusty  old  fellow,  as  close  as 
  a  vise.''  --Hawthorne. 
 
  15.  Adhering  strictly  to  a  standard  or  original;  exact; 
  strict;  as  a  close  translation.  --Locke. 
 
  16.  Accurate;  careful;  precise;  also  attentive;  undeviating; 
  strict;  not  wandering;  as  a  close  observer. 
 
  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 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Close  \Close\,  n. 
  1.  The  manner  of  shutting;  the  union  of  parts  junction. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  The  doors  of  plank  were  their  close  exquisite. 
  --Chapman. 
 
  2.  Conclusion;  cessation;  ending;  end 
 
  His  long  and  troubled  life  was  drawing  to  a  close 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  A  grapple  in  wrestling.  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  (Mus.) 
  a  The  conclusion  of  a  strain  of  music;  cadence. 
  b  A  double  bar  marking  the  end 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Close  \Close\,  adv 
  1.  In  a  close  manner. 
 
  2.  Secretly;  darkly.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  wondrous  vision  which  did  close  imply  The  course 
  of  all  her  fortune  and  posterity.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Close  \Close\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Closed};  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. 
 
  2.  To  bring  together  the  parts  of  to  consolidate;  as  to 
  close  the  ranks  of  an  army;  --  often  used  with  up 
 
  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. 
 
  One  frugal  supper  did  our  studies  close  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  To  come  or  gather  around  to  inclose;  to  encompass;  to 
  confine. 
 
  The  depth  closed  me  round  about  --Jonah  ii  5. 
 
  But  now  thou  dost  thyself  immure  and  close  In  some 
  one  corner  of  a  feeble  heart.  --Herbert. 
 
  {A  closed  sea},  a  sea  within  the  jurisdiction  of  some 
  particular  nation,  which  controls  its  navigation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  close 
  adj  1:  at  or  within  a  short  distance  in  space  or  time  or  having 
  elements  near  each  other  "close  to  noon";  "how  close 
  are  we  to  town?";  "a  close  formation  of  ships"  [ant:  {distant}] 
  2:  close  in  relevance  or  relationship;  "a  close  family";  "we 
  are  all...in  close  sympathy  with...";  "close  kin";  "a 
  close  resemblance"  [ant:  {distant}] 
  3:  not  far  distant  in  time  or  space  or  degree  or  circumstances; 
  "near  neighbors";  "in  the  near  future";  "they  are  near 
  equals";  "his  nearest  approach  to  success";  "a  very  near 
  thing";  "a  near  hit  by  the  bomb";  "she  was  near  tears"; 
  "she  was  close  to  tears";  "had  a  close  call"  [syn:  {near}] 
  [ant:  {far}] 
  4:  rigorously  attentive;  strict  and  thorough;  "close 
  supervision";  "paid  close  attention";  "a  close  study"; 
  "kept  a  close  watch  on  expenditures" 
  5:  marked  by  fidelity  to  an  original;  "a  close  translation";  "a 
  faithful  copy  of  the  portrait";  "a  faithful  rendering  of 
  the  observed  facts"  [syn:  {faithful}] 
  6:  (of  a  contest  or  contestants)  evenly  matched;  "a  close 
  contest";  "a  close  election";  "a  tight  game"  [syn:  {tight}] 
  7:  crowded;  "close  quarters"  [syn:  {confining}] 
  8:  lacking  fresh  air;  "a  dusty  airless  attic";  "the  dreadfully 
  close  atmosphere";  "hot  and  stuffy  and  the  air  was  blue 
  with  smoke"  [syn:  {airless},  {stuffy},  {unaired}] 
  9:  of  textiles;  "a  close  weave";  "smooth  percale  with  a  very 
  tight  weave"  [syn:  {tight}] 
  10:  strictly  confined  or  guarded;  "kept  under  close  custody" 
  11:  confined  to  specific  persons;  "a  close  secret" 
  12:  fitting  closely  but  comfortably;  "a  close  fit"  [syn:  {snug}, 
  {close-fitting}] 
  13:  used  of  hair  or  haircuts;  "a  close  military  haircut" 
  14:  giving  or  spending  with  reluctance;  "our  cheeseparing 
  administration";  "very  close  (or  near)  with  his  money"; 
  "a  penny-pinching  miserly  old  man"  [syn:  {cheeseparing}, 
  {near},  {penny-pinching}] 
  15:  inclined  to  secrecy  or  reticence  about  divulging 
  information;  "although  they  knew  her  whereabouts  her 
  friends  kept  close  about  it"  [syn:  {closelipped},  {closemouthed}, 
  {secretive},  {tightlipped}] 
  n  1:  the  concluding  time;  "he  awaited  the  grand  finale";  "he 
  stayed  until  the  finish";  "he  left  before  the 
  conclusion"  [syn:  {stopping  point},  {finale},  {finis},  {finish}, 
  {last},  {terminus},  {conclusion}] 
  2:  the  ending  of  a  contest  (as  a  race);  "it  was  an  exciting 
  finish";  "I  didn't  stay  for  the  close  of  the  tournament" 
  [syn:  {finish}] 
  3:  the  last  section  of  a  communication;  "in  conclusion  I  want 
  to  say..."  [syn:  {conclusion},  {end},  {closing},  {ending}] 
  adv  1:  near  in  time  or  place  or  relationship;  "as  the  wedding  day 
  drew  near";  "stood  near  the  door";  "don't  shoot  until 
  they  come  near";  "getting  near  to  the  true 
  explanation";  "her  mother  is  always  near";  "The  end 
  draws  nigh";  "the  bullet  didn't  come  close";  "don't 
  get  too  close  to  the  fire"  [syn:  {near},  {nigh}] 
  2:  in  an  attentive  manner;  "he  remained  close  on  his  guard" 
  [syn:  {closely},  {tight}] 
  v  1:  cease  to  operate  or  cause  to  cease  operating;  "The  owners 
  decided  to  move  and  to  close  the  factory";  "My  business 
  closes  every  night  at  8  P.M.  [syn:  {fold},  {shut  down}, 
  {close  down}]  [ant:  {open}] 
  2:  complete  a  business  deal  negociation,  or  an  agreement;  "We 
  closed  on  the  house  on  Friday";  "They  closed  the  deal  on 
  the  building" 
  3:  move  so  that  an  opening  or  passage  is  obstructed;  make  shut; 
  "Close  the  door";  "shut  the  window"  [syn:  {shut}]  [ant:  {open}] 
  4:  bar  access  to  "Due  to  the  accident,  the  road  had  to  be 
  closed  for  several  hours" 
  5:  finish  or  terminate;  of  meetings,  speeches,  etc  "The 
  meeting  was  closed  with  a  charge  by  the  chairman  of  the 
  board"  [ant:  {open}] 
  6:  draw  near:  "The  probe  closed  with  the  space  station" 
  7:  become  closed;  "The  windows  closed  with  a  loud  bang"  [syn:  {shut}] 
  [ant:  {open}] 
  8:  come  to  a  close  "The  concert  closed  with  a  nocturne  by 
  Chopin" 
  9:  come  together,  as  if  in  an  embrace;  "Her  arms  closed  around 
  her  long  lost  relative"  [syn:  {come  together}] 
  10:  unite  or  bring  into  contact  or  bring  together  the  edges  of 
  "close  the  circuit";  "close  a  wound" 
  11:  bring  together  all  the  elements  or  parts  of:  "Management 
  closed  ranks" 
  12:  engage  at  close  quarters;  "close  with  the  enemy" 
  13:  cause  a  window  or  an  application  to  disappear  on  a  computer 
  desktop  [ant:  {open}] 
  14:  fill  or  stop  up  "Can  you  close  the  cracks  with  caulking?" 
  [syn:  {fill},  {fill  up}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CLOSE-:FISTED:,  adj  Unduly  desirous  of  keeping  that  which  many 
  meritorious  persons  wish  to  obtain. 
 
  "Close-fisted  Scotchman!"  Johnson  cried 
  To  thrifty  J.  Macpherson; 
  "See  me  --  I'm  ready  to  divide 
  With  any  worthy  person." 
  Sad  Jamie:  "That  is  very  true  -- 
  The  boast  requires  no  backing; 
  And  all  are  worthy,  sir,  to  you 
  Who  have  what  you  are  lacking." 
  Anita  M.  Bobe 
 
 




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