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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nearness, closenessnoun

    the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance

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


  1. nearnessnoun

    The state of being near.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nearnessnoun

    Etymology: from near.

    God, by reason of nearness, forbad them to be like the Canaanites or Egyptian. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 6.

    Fine and delicate sculptures be helped with nearness, and gross with distance; which was well seen in the controversy between Phidias and Alcmenes about the statue of Venus. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    Those blessed spirits that are in such a nearness to God, may well be all fire and love, but you at such a distance cannot find the effects of it. Brian Duppa.

    The best rule is to be guided by the nearness, or distance at which the repetitions are placed in the original. Alexander Pope.

    Whether there be any secret passages of sympathy between persons of near blood; as, parents, children, brothers and sisters. There be many reports in history, that upon the death of persons of such nearness, men have had an inward feeling of it. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    It shews in the king a nearness, but yet with a kind of justness. So these little grains of gold and silver, helped not a little to make up the great heap. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.


  1. nearness

    NEAR or Near


  1. nearness

    Nearness is the quality or condition of being physically close to someone or something in proximity. It can also refer to the degree of closeness in a relationship or similarity between things. Generally, it refers to a close or intimate state or situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nearnessnoun

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nearness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nearness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of nearness in a Sentence

  1. Woodrow Wilson:

    The way you let your hand rest in mine, my bewitching Sweetheart, fills me with happiness. It is the perfection of confiding love. Everything you do, the little unconscious things in particular, charms me and increases my sense of nearness to you, identification with you, till my heart is full to overflowing.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    Perfect happiness I believe was never intended by the deity to be the lot of any one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I as stedfastly believe.

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