• WordNet 3.6
    • adv nearest (superlative of `near' or `close') within the shortest distance "that was the time he came nearest to death"
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A good friend is my nearest relation.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Yes, we must ever be friends; and of all who offer you friendship Let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest!”
  • Lord Greville
    Lord Greville
    “A generous man places the benefits he confers beneath his feet; those he receives, nearest his heart.”
  • Socrates
    “The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.”
  • Marguerite Duras
    “The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it -- can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.”


In literature:

The moon is our nearest permanent neighbour.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
When the royal party entered the open space, the young American happened to be nearest to Mukna.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
As Charley looked, one of the convicts ventured out from his place of concealment and with a long branch, drew the nearest canoe in to shore.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
For the latitude, measure the distance of the place from the nearest parallel with the dividers.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
It was a simple application of the principle that what is nearest to the eye is oftenest overlooked.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
They swept their eyes along the nearest cliff.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Just time enough to get a bite at the nearest restaurant.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
Fly to the nearest fishermen, John!
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
He approached the Armenian nearest him, spreading his hands to show their emptiness.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The nearest one was not more than five feet away.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
A swaying coolie in the stern of the nearest craft caught sight of him.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
At length he made up his mind where the nearest point of woods must be.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Beyond the bunkhouse, which was the nearest building to the corral, stood the low but roomy log structure of the main ranch house.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Glad to find something to distract my half crazed thoughts, I studied the nearest of these.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Then he sat down on the chair nearest the table and beckoned them over to him.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Carnes went over to the nearest window and moistened his finger tip and applied it experimentally to the glass.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
The Huascar was nearest the shore, less than a mile from where I stood.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
The journey from the nearest satellite is the limit of their flying range.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
With a tremendous leap he gained the nearest of the timber.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The water seeks the nearest and easiest route to the sea.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers

In poetry:

Yet shall to him the still small voice,
That first into his bosom found
A way, and fixed his wavering choice,
Nearest and dearest ever sound.
"St. Bartholomew" by John Keble
The nearest hills were mountains then.
The meadow endless where we played ;
I never thought to be like men.
And always should the maid be maid.
"Maid And Boy" by John Albee
Love, whose soft shadow brightens Earth,
Through whom our dreams are nearest;
And loss, through whom we see the worth
Of all that we held dearest.
"Love And Loss" by Madison Julius Cawein
It is as if my friends are marching
And I along with them, in time,
Through many different streets they're passing,
Those nearest, dearest friends of mine.
"Comrades In Arms" by Konstantin Simonov
All so grave and shining see they come
From the blissful ranks of the forgiven,
Though so distant wheels the nearest crystal dome,
And the spheres are seven.
"All Saints" by Edith Wharton
Oh, cease to heave the struggling sigh !
Oh, dash away that tear, my dearest !
Believe me, happier days are nigh ;—
When night is darkest, dawn is nearest ;
"From a Wife to Her Husband in Adversity" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

So the Scaifes' Chevy Prizm tore down the gravel Adams Trail on the first leg of a nerve-wracking two-hour trip to the nearest medical facility with an obstetrics department, Marquette General Hospital.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Despite more than doubling the vote tally of her nearest competitor, Kathy Schrader is headed to a runoff.
Sparks let stand the law's requirement that sonograms be performed at least 24 hours before an abortion, unless the patient lives 100 miles or more from the nearest provider.
The nearest pass was Helios 1's 29 million-mile flyby in 1975.
Scientists are probing deep beneath the surface of our nearest star to calculate its profound effect on Earth.
WASHINGTON — The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union said Friday it has released a smartphone app that allows shoppers in the US and Canada to find their nearest union grocery store.
For the residents of Wah Luck House in the District's Chinatown, a trip to the nearest Chinese market requires a bit of planning.
The nearest communities of any size are hours away in any direction.
Residents of apartments nearest to the flames had been initially evacuated, but were allowed to within a few hours.
Launches app to find nearest mass.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 120 calories.
Pre-Order Pink Ribbon Bagels for your whole office by faxing in the pre-order form to your nearest Panera Bread.
Lavazan is the Syosset High School senior who just won a seat on the school board, garnering thousands more votes than the nearest candidate.
When teenagers are upset, they don't go to the nearest adult for advice — they talk to their peers.
That's your redundancy, and even with two routers , you've still spent much less than half of the cost of the nearest competitor of which I'm aware.

In science:

Nearest neighbor occupied sites are supposed to be connected and form a series of clusters.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
The regular graph (denoted by p = 0) is a graph with n vertices on a circle with each node connected to 2k nearest neighbors.
Random spread on the family of small-world networks
In this approximation each step in the walk is taken with a probability (1 − p) to nearest 2k sites and with probability p to the remaining sites.
Random spread on the family of small-world networks
The Taylor expansion of the free energy in g is convergent up to the critical point g∗ , where the nearest singularity of F (g ) is located.
Exact Solution of the Three-color Problem on a Random Lattice
The coupling J z thus controls the strength of the nearest-neighbor particle-hole– symmetric repulsive interaction between the fermions.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The nearest neighbor spacing distribution is commonly studied to observe fluctuations in random spectra.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
We have also studied the distribution of nearest neighbors spacings.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
When site i turns up, it increases the net field on each of its nearest neighbors by an amount 2J .
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
We used a weighting function w to define nearest neighbors .
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
An orbital decomposition of these bands shows that they consist of Mn d t2 character, as well as Mn and As p, with significant contributions from both nearest and next-nearest neighbor As ions.
Self-interaction effects in (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)N
The overall sign of the total interaction between the second and fifth spin will be determined by the relative strength between the antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor and next-nearest-neighbor bonds.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
This will give us even weaker n.n.n. bonds because of the correlation between a next-nearest-neighbor bond with two nearest-neighbor bonds as given by Eq. 6.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
This can be done by introducing ferromagnetic next-nearest-neighbor bonds or antiferromagnetic third-nearest-neighbor bonds.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
The ferromagnetic next-nearest-neighbor bonds and antiferromagnetic third-nearest-neighbor bonds are generated in the same way as discussed at the beginning of this section, i.e. the bonds are generated through Eq. (6).
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
The upper panels of Fig. 7 show the sample-averaged plot of the strength of nearest-neighbor interactions compared to the strength of further-neighbor interactions and the fraction of spins with sizes larger than 1/2 as a function of energy scale, ∆0 , for the system with ferromagnetic next-nearest-neighbor bonds.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions