Close·ness, n. The state of being close.
Half stifled by the closeness of the room. --Swift.
We rise not against the piercing judgment of Augustus, nor the extreme caution or closeness of Tiberius. --Bacon.
An affectation of closeness and covetousness. --Addison.
Syn: -- Narrowness; oppressiveness; strictness; secrecy; compactness; conciseness; nearness; intimacy; tightness; stinginess; literalness.
n 1: a feeling of being intimate and belonging together; "their
closeness grew as the night wore on" [syn: intimacy]
2: the spatial property resulting from a relatively small
distance; "the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into
action" [syn: nearness] [ant: farness]
3: extreme stinginess [syn: meanness, minginess, niggardliness,
niggardness, parsimony, parsimoniousness, tightness,
4: characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's
actions or purposes) [syn: secretiveness] [ant: openness]
5: close or warm friendship; "the absence of fences created a
mysterious intimacy in which no one knew privacy" [syn: familiarity,