• WordNet 3.6
    • adv closer (comparative of `near' or `close') within a shorter distance "come closer, my dear!","they drew nearer","getting nearer to the true explanation"
    • n closer (baseball) a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game
    • n closer a person who closes something "whoever is the closer has to turn out the lights and lock up"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The DNA of humans is closer to a rat than a cat
    • Closer A finisher; that which finishes or terminates.
    • Closer One who, or that which, closes; specifically, a boot closer. See under Boot.
    • Closer (Masonry) The last stone in a horizontal course, if of a less size than the others, or a piece of brick finishing a course.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The sun is about three million miles closer to the earth on January 1st than it is on June 1st.
    • n closer One who or that which closes or concludes. Specifically— That which puts an end to a controversy, or disposes of an antagonist; a clencher.
    • n closer An inclosure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The town of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is closer to the equator than it is to the North Pole.
    • ns Closer one who concludes
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  • Carl Rogers
    Carl Rogers
    “The facts are always friendly, every bit of evidence one can acquire, in any area, leads one that much closer to what is true.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Few people rise to our esteem upon closer scrutiny.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Every woman is like a time-zone. She is a nocturnal fragment of your journey. She brings you unflaggingly closer to the next night.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.”


In literature:

Elizabeth saw that the more trouble clouded the brow of Nathan Hornby the cheerier and closer Aunt Susan drew to him.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Closer, closer, the Kid crawled.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
The heavens above them, trailing up and up into mysterious darknesses, suddenly became closer and sparkled with a diamond sheen.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
Perhaps he would let her sit closer to him this new day.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
So the years stole by, and Flamby crept nearer to womanhood and closer to her father's heart.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
Lads, I couldn't have stuck no closer to that redskin if he had been my long lost brother.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
It took closer to two hours.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
As Desmond set foot on the verandah, a four-year-old boy, bent on closer investigation of the enemy, escaped from the "home" battalion.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
On the voyage they clung to one another closer than bark to a tree, but once the gang plank was lowered the intimacy vanished.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
I'd like to see one closer up.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Despite their desperate striving, the runabout drew closer and closer, reached abreast of them.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Dinkie and his mater, however, have been drawn much closer together during the last few days.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
He leaned forward to give Lorenzo a closer look at it without taking it from around his neck.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
His heart began to beat more rapidly as he sensed an evil moment coming closer and closer.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The two men bent closer.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
He'll sweem aroun' in the lake foolish, but all tam he'll come closer to those swan, an' closer.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Maybe we'd better have a closer look from the ground.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
And they crept closer, closer together, hearts beating to one another.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The mist, instead of rising, seemed to settle closer to the water, as the broad daylight came across the upper air.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Mrs. Laval laughed and hugged Matilda up a little closer.
"The House in Town" by Susan Warner

In poetry:

First, tenuous and thin,
Then warmer, closer, deep,
You pierce without, within,
You enter in my sleep.
"Strange Captivity" by Marya Zaturenska
And the boy that walked beside me,
He could not understand
Why closer in mine, ah! closer,
I pressed his warm, soft hand!
"By The Fireside : The Open Window" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For closer than gudeman can come
And closer to'r than hersel,
Whs. didna need lier maidenheid
Has wrocht his purpose fell.
"O Wha’s Been Here Afore Me, Lass" by Hugh MacDiarmid
Closer the woof of white mist drew,
Before, behind, beside.
How could that phantom moon break through,
Above that shrouded tide?
"Off Rough Point" by Emma Lazarus
The sunshine that delights you now
Shall fade to darkness gloomy;
You should not fear if, biding here,
You nestled closer to me.
"Hugo's "Flower To Butterfly"" by Eugene Field
Draw the sacred circle closer!
By this bright wine plight your troth
To be faithful to your oath!
Swear it by the Star-Disposer!
"Hymn To Joy" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

If local New York politicians are working through the five stages of grief over the lack of a comprehensive mass transit system for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, they might be moving closer to acceptance.
However, while condiment packets are seemingly everywhere, closer inspection of some of these " condiments " reveals things consumers badly need to know — but probably wish they didn't once they find out.
A closer look at the fallout since the R&B artist's admission that his first love was a man.
Freshly sharpened crayons, thick reams of paper and fall clothes are filling the carts of shoppers everywhere as back-to-school time draws closer.
Users of mechanized plasma cutting systems can help increase the efficiency of their own equipment by keeping closer tabs on consumables .
Terminator-Style Contact Lens Closer to Reality.
Bethpage's Toxic Plume Creeps Closer To Contaminating More Public Drinking Water Supplies.
Bob's Tire is one step closer to obtaining the necessary licensing and permitting to operate – but the journey there is far from complete.
Appliance manufacturers edging closer to releasing smarter, Internet-enabled products.
At a charity event in New Rochelle, the Yankees closer revealed he could be headed toward surgery to scrape his vocal cords .
Jeremy White takes a closer look at Cordy Glenn.
Wildcats move closer to back-to-back titles.
For the second straight time on Tuesday, Wheeling City Council will meet in City Manager Robert Herron's conference room - but city leaders are one step closer to being able to move into a more permanent home.
As we get closer and closer to Christmas, some are having difficulty with a few of those last minute gifts of uncertainty.
As America edged closer to war during the last months of 1941, those already serving in the armed forces looked toward the holidays with heightened awareness of how precious their time with loved ones might prove to be.

In science:

Martin et al. (1987) find, from the reduction in crosscorrelation errors, that the secondary star is probably closer to M4.5V than M3.5V.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Further analysis reveals that values of skewness and kurtosis are getting closer to zero after the line removal.
Removing Line Interference from Gravitational Wave Interferometer Data
Starting from the initial configuration of Figure 3, the module at the end of the chain moves toward the seed, reducing its scent value (shown by the colors) as it contacts other modules closer to the seed.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Also because the tangent groupoid seems closer to q-deformations as made by Ma jid and others, and to the non-commutative formalism used by lattice theoretists in the above referred works.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
Peres has deduced the following from a closer examination of the proof.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
Around each seed there is a region of space that is closer to that seed than any other.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
To note is that closed or zero-Λ world models require evolution rates quite in excess of those inferred from deep optical imaging (Le Fevre et al. 2000), whereas our best-fit solution for ΩΛ = 0.8 and Ωm = 0.2 (eq. [11.28]) is closer to the optical results.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
It would be interesting to have a closer look at this point.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
When the branes are closer than the string scale the same process can take place by a perturbative mechanism.
Bosonic M Theory
When the pre-heating is large, for some time after th gas enters the dark halos without shocking, conserving S ; this constant entropy gas is currently found closer to the center in the ADg2 - ADg4 solutions in Figure 3.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
In order to determine this, we need to take a closer look at the kernel of the annihilation operators.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
The closer T is to TC , the slower does the dynamics become.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
At larger field values the jumps in EJ occur closer together and would be difficult to distinguish on the scale of a figure.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
Since then, other models of growing networks have been proposed, whose degree distribution are closer to the real ones in the corresponding real network [20,21].
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
However, at 850µm, a significant reduction was found when using observations taken closer together (Table 2).
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies