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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  closest 
  adj  :  (superlative  of  `close')  indicating  the  one  of  several  that 
  is  the  shortest  distance  away 
  adv  :  (superlative  of  `near'  or  `close')  within  the  shortest 
  distance;  "that  was  the  time  he  came  nearest  to  death" 
  [syn:  {nearest},  {nighest}] 




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