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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  He  served  great  Hector,  and  was  ever  near  Not  with 
  his  trumpet  only,  but  his  spear.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Closely  connected  or  related. 
 
  She  is  thy  father's  near  kinswoman.  --Lev.  xviii. 
  12. 
 
  3.  Close  to  one's  interests,  affection,  etc.;  touching,  or 
  affecting  intimately;  intimate;  dear;  as  a  near  friend. 
 
  4.  Close  to  anything  followed  or  imitated;  not  free  loose, 
  or  rambling;  as  a  version  near  to  the  original. 
 
  5.  So  as  barely  to  avoid  or  pass  injury  or  loss  close 
  narrow;  as  a  near  escape. 
 
  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. 
 
  7.  Immediate;  direct;  close  short.  ``The  nearest  way.'' 
  --Milton. 
 
  8.  Close-fisted;  parsimonious.  [Obs.  or  Low  Eng.] 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  Nigh;  close  adjacent;  proximate;  contiguous;  present; 
  ready;  intimate;  dear. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  nearest 
  adj  :  (superlative  of  `near'  or  `nigh')  most  near  [syn:  {nighest}] 
  adv  :  (superlative  of  `near'  or  `close')  within  the  shortest 
  distance;  "that  was  the  time  he  came  nearest  to  death" 
  [syn:  {nighest},  {closest}] 




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