Next a., superl. of Nigh.
1. Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening.
Her princely guest
Was next her side; in order sat the rest. --Dryden.
Fear followed me so hard, that I fled the next way. --Bunyan.
2. Nearest in time; as, the next day or hour.
3. Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following in order.
None could tell whose turn should be the next. --Gay.
4. Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation; as, the next heir was an infant.
The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. --Ruth ii. 20.
Note: ☞ Next is usually followed by to before an object, but to is sometimes omitted. In such cases next in considered by many grammarians as a preposition.
Next friend Law, one who represents an infant, a married woman, or any person who can not appear sui juris, in a suit at law.
Next, adv. In the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding; as, this man follows next.
Nigh a. [Compar. Nigher superl. Nighest, or Next ]
1. Not distant or remote in place or time; near.
The loud tumult shows the battle nigh. --Prior.
2. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate. “Nigh kinsmen.”
Ye . . . are made nigh by the blood of Christ. --Eph. ii. 13.
Syn: -- Near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.
adj 1: nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without
intervening space; "had adjacent rooms"; "in the next
room"; "the person sitting next to me"; "our rooms
were side by side" [syn: adjacent, side by side(p)]
2: (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving; "our next
president" [syn: future(a), succeeding(a)]
3: immediately following in time or order; "the following day";
"next in line"; "the next president"; "the next item on
the list" [syn: following]
adv : at the time or occasion immediately following; "next the
doctor examined his back"