What does closeness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. closeness, intimacynoun

    a feeling of being intimate and belonging together

    "their closeness grew as the night wore on"

  2. stuffiness, closenessnoun

    the quality of being close and poorly ventilated

  3. nearness, closenessnoun

    the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance

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

  4. meanness, minginess, niggardliness, niggardness, parsimony, parsimoniousness, tightness, tightfistedness, closenessnoun

    extreme stinginess

  5. closeness, secretivenessnoun

    characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's actions or purposes)

  6. familiarity, intimacy, closenessnoun

    close or warm friendship

    "the absence of fences created a mysterious intimacy in which no one knew privacy"


  1. closenessnoun

    The state of being physically close

  2. closenessnoun

    The state of being friends

  3. closenessnoun

    The state of being mean or stingy

  4. closenessnoun

    The state of being secretive

  5. closenessnoun

    The shortest path between two vertices in a graph

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Closenessnoun

    Etymology: from close.

    In drums, the closeness round about that preserveth the sound, maketh the noise come forth of the drum-hole more loud, than if you should strike upon the like skin extended in the open air. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 142.

    I took my leave, being half stifled by the closeness of the room. Jonathan Swift, Account of Partridge’s Death.

    How could particles, so widely dispersed, combine into that closeness of texture? Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    The haste of the spirit to put forth, and the closeness of the bark cause prickles in boughs. Francis Bacon, Nat. History, №. 559.

    I thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated
    To closeness, and the bettering of my mind. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    To his confederates he was constant and just, but not open. Such was his enquiry, and such his closeness, as they stood in the light towards him, and he stood in the dark towards them. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    A journey of much adventure had been not communicated with any of his majesty’s counsellors, being carried with great closeness, liker a business of love than state. Henry Wotton.

    We rise not against the piercing judgment of Augustus, nor the extreme caution or closeness of Tiberius. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    This prince was so very reserved, that he would impart his secrets to no body: whereupon this closeness did a little perish his understanding. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.

    Irus judged, that while he could keep his poverty a secret, he should not feel it: he improved this thought into an affectation of closeness and covetousness. Joseph Addison, Spectat. №. 264.

    The actions and proceedings of wise men run in a much greater closeness and coherence with one another, than thus to drive at a casual issue, brought under no forecast or design. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Closenessnoun

    the state of being close

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of closeness in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of closeness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of closeness in a Sentence

  1. The Jolliff:

    Thank goodness for my husband, that first month was a fog for me. Not being able to hold my son and give him that closeness was extremely difficult.

  2. Elizabeth Ochoa:

    Every person has different levels of comfort with closeness and distance to each other, if both people are comfortable with living apart, it can work well—but if there is a mismatch, based on fears about abandonment, trust, or fidelity, then living apart will strain the relationship.

  3. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

    That spatial closeness makes us vulnerable.

  4. President Vladimir Putin:

    It (the commemoration) has become a symbol of sacred closeness between Russia and its people, and in such unity and loyalty to the motherland lies our strength, our confidence, and our dignity.

  5. Mike Schur:

    Part of the story of the premiere is that this team doesn't work together anymore, and she feels like she needs them back to do this final big project, the closeness of this group of people is fraying at the edges just because people's lives are taking them in different directions, and that culminates in the series finale.

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