Definitions for nearness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nearnɪər(adv. and adj.; prep.; v.)near•er, near•est

  1. (adv.)at, within, or to a short distance; close in space.

  2. close in time:

    The new year draws near.

  3. closely with respect to connection, similarity, etc. (often used in combination):

    a near-standing position.

  4. almost; nearly:

    a period of near 30 years.

  5. Naut. close to the wind.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  6. Archaic. in a thrifty or stingy manner.

  7. (adj.)being close by; not distant:

    the near fields.

  8. being the lesser in distance:

    the near side.

  9. short or direct:

    the near road.

  10. close in time:

    the near future.

  11. closely related or connected:

    our nearest relatives.

  12. close to an original:

    a near translation.

  13. intimate or familiar:

    a near and dear friend.

  14. narrow or close:

    a near escape.

  15. thrifty or stingy.

  16. (of a vehicle, single animal, or pair of animals hitched side by side) designating the left as seen from the rider's or driver's viewpoint

    Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: (opposed to off 1 48 ).

  17. (prep.)at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from:

    regions near the equator.

  18. close to in time:

    near the beginning of the year.

  19. close to a condition or state:

    to be near death.

  20. (v.i.)to come or draw near; approach.

Idioms for near:

  1. near at hand, in the immediate vicinity. in the near future.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of near:

bef. 900; ME nere, OE nēar, comp. of nēahnigh


Princeton's WordNet

  1. nearness, closeness(noun)

    the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance

    "the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into action"


  1. nearness(Noun)

    The state of being near.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nearness(noun)

    the state or quality of being near; -- used in the various senses of the adjective

Anagrams of nearness

  1. ensnares

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