1. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me. --Milton.
2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. “Near twenty years ago.” --Shak. “Near a fortnight ago.”
Near about the yearly value of the land. --Locke.
3. Closely; intimately.
Far and near, at a distance and close by; throughout a whole region.
To come near to, to want but little of; to approximate to. “Such a sum he found would go near to ruin him.”
Near the wind Naut., close to the wind; closehauled.
Near a. [Compar. Nearer superl. Nearest.]
1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. “As one near death.”
He served great Hector, and was ever near,
Not with his trumpet only, but his spear. --Dryden.
2. Closely connected or related.
She is thy father's near kinswoman. --Lev. xviii. 12.
3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow3; as, a near escape; a near miss.
6. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a.
7. Immediate; direct; close; short. “The nearest way.”
8. Close-fisted; parsimonious. [Obs. or Low, Eng.]
Note: ☞ Near may properly be followed by to before the thing approached; but more frequently to is omitted, and the adjective or the adverb is regarded as a preposition. The same is also true of the word nigh.
Syn: -- Nigh; close; adjacent; proximate; contiguous; present; ready; intimate; familiar; dear.
Near, prep. Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.
Near, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neared p. pr. & vb. n Nearing.] To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
Near, v. i. To draw near; to approach.
A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist!
And still it neared, and neared. --Coleridge.
adj 1: not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances;
"near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near
equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very
near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near
tears"; "she was close to tears"; "had a close call"
[syn: close] [ant: far]
2: being on the left side; "the near or nigh horse is the one
on the left"; "the animal's left side is its near or nigh
side" [syn: near(a), nigh(a)]
3: closely resembling the genuine article; "near beer"; "a
dress of near satin"
4: giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing
administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a
penny-pinching miserly old man" [syn: cheeseparing, close,
5: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good
friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" [syn:
6: very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate
likeness"; "a near likeness" [syn: approximate]
adv 1: near in time or place or relationship; "as the wedding day
drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until
they come near"; "getting near to the true
explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end
draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't
get too close to the fire" [syn: nigh, close]
2: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite
accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for
`nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for
`almost'; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was
almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost
finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly
fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording
is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed
the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most
everyone agrees" [syn: about, just about, almost, most,
all but, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh]
v : move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They
are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and
nearer" [syn: approach, come on, go up, draw near,
draw close, come near]