• WordNet 3.6
    • adj near 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"
    • adj near very close in resemblance "sketched in an approximate likeness","a near likeness"
    • adj near with or in a close or intimate relationship "a good friend","my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
    • adj near giving or spending with reluctance "our cheeseparing administration","very close (or near) with his money","a penny-pinching miserly old man"
    • adj near closely resembling the genuine article "near beer","a dress of near satin"
    • adj near 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"
    • adv near (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but "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"
    • adv near 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"
    • v near move towards "We were approaching our destination","They are drawing near","The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Shores of The Birket-kerun Near The Embouchure of the Wady Nazleh the Shores of The Birket-kerun Near The Embouchure of the Wady Nazleh
Oasthouses near Farnham Oasthouses near Farnham
A Byway near Weybridge A Byway near Weybridge
Park Lane, near Reigate Park Lane, near Reigate
View from near Reigate View from near Reigate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nearly half of all Americans suffer from symptoms of burnout
    • prep Near Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near a.
    • Near At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh. "My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me."
    • Near Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
    • Near Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
    • Near Close-fisted; parsimonious.
    • Near Closely connected or related. "She is thy father's near kinswoman."
    • Near Closely; intimately.
    • Near Immediate; direct; close; short. "The nearest way."
    • Near Nearly; almost; well-nigh. "Near twenty years ago.""Near a fortnight ago.""Near about the yearly value of the land."
    • Near 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.
    • Near 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."
    • Near So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow{3}; as, a near escape; a near miss.
    • v. t Near To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
    • v. i Near To draw near; to approach. "A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist!
      And still it neared , and neared ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails
    • near Nigher; more nigh; closer: comparative of nigh.
    • near Hence, without comparative force, and with a new comparative nearer, superlative nearest
    • near Nigh; close; at, to, or toward a point which is adjacent or not far off: with such verbs as be, come, go, draw, move.
    • near Nigh, in a figurative sense.
    • near Nautical, close to the wind: opposed to off.
    • near Closely; intimately.
    • near Almost; nearly.
    • near Into close straits; into a critical position.
    • near Nigh; close to; close by; at no great distance from.
    • near Nigh or close to, in a figurative sense.
    • near Being nigh in place; being close by; not distant; adjacent; contiguous.
    • near Closely allied by blood; closely akin.
    • near Intimate; united in close ties of affection or confidence; familiar: as, a near friend.
    • near Affecting one's interest or feelings; touching; coming home to one.
    • near Close; not deviating from an original or model; observant of the style or manner of the thing copied; literal: as, a near translation.
    • near So as barely to escape injury, danger, or exposure; close; narrow.
    • near In riding or driving, on the left: opposed to off; as, the near side; the near fore leg.
    • near Short; serving to bring the object close.
    • near Economical; closely calculating; also, close; parsimonious.
    • near Empty.
    • near Synonyms Contiguous, proximate, neighboring, imminent, impending, approaching. Nearest, Next are sometimes synonymous words: as, nearest or next of kin; but specially the first denotes the closest relative proximity, while the second denotes the proximate place in order. Compare the nearest house with the next house.
    • near To come near or nearer; stand near; approach: as, the ship neared the land.
    • near To come nearer; approach.
    • n near See neer.
    • near A contracted form of neither.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a street in Canada that runs for a distance of nearly 1900 kms.
    • adj Near nēr nigh: not far away in place or time: close in kin or friendship: dear: following or imitating anything closely: close, narrow, so as barely to escape: short, as a road: greedy, stingy: on the left in riding or driving
    • adv Near at a little distance: almost: closely,—prep. close to
    • v.t., v.i Near to approach: to come nearer
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often”
  • Novalis
    “We are near waking when we dream we are dreaming.”
  • Euripides
    “Slight not what's near through aiming at what's far.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Life too near paralyses art.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.”


Near the knuckle - If something is near the knuckle, it is bit explicit or too close to the truth for comfort


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. neár, compar. of neáh, nigh. See Nigh


In literature:

It was near sunset when our travellers reached the highest point of their route, nearly 14,000 feet above the level of the sea!
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
His paper, couched in the language of science, was rewritten to the public understanding and published in the newspapers of nearly every country.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
But near its center something rose up from one of the clumps, and disappeared in a streak of brown.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Trimmed as near as possible to the wind, with the yards braced up nearly fore and aft.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Fleetfoot had played near his mother nearly all day.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
The near report of a gun rang out, followed by a great uproar of crows.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Near the pole the length of a degree is longer than near the equator.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
George Dawe was a strapping fellow of twenty-five, nearly as tall and strong as myself, though not quite.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
She had three sisters, who lived near her.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
During nearly an hour that they remained by the drift, no other attempt was made by the Matabili to approach near the bank.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Now to my tent, O God, repair,
And make thy servant wise;
I'll suffer nothing near me there
That shall offend thine eyes.
"Psalm 101" by Isaac Watts
Draw near, more near, forever dear!
Where'er I rest or roam,
Or in the city's crowded streets,
Or by the blown sea foam,
The thought of thee is home!
"A Sea Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'Twas the spent soul of Iscariot
Was like the wind-blown dust,
As nearer still, and near, and near,
He bent and crept, in doubt, and fear,
He came because he must.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
I too have suffered--is it then surprising
If to thy sacred grief I enter in?
My spirit draws near thine all sympathising,
Sorrow, like love, "makes aliens near of kin."
"Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People" by Nora Pembroke
Here 'twas at eve, near yonder tree reposing,
One still too dear, first breath'd his vows to thee:
Wear this, he cried, his guileful love disclosing,
Near to thy heart, in memory of me.
"Waters of Elle! thy limpid streams are flowing," by Lady Caroline Lamb
Oft he said softly, while melting eyes glistened,
"Sweet is my life, love, with you ever near:"
Morning and evening she waited and listened
For a voice and a foot-step that never came near.
"He And She" by Frances Fuller Victor

In news:

Two Longwood teenagers could be facing charges after police say they told authorities they were nearly abducted near railroad tracks off Longwood Street near Orange Avenue.
He was found weak and near death just two months ago at a Bernalillo County home near Albuquerque's South Valley.
A 1,000- acre blaze forced evacuations near Sipapu on Highway 518 near mile marker 55, which is close to Rock Wall.
When severe weather is near, not everyone is fortunate enough to live near an outdoor siren to be alerted to plan accordingly.
LEROY TOWNSHIP, INGHAM CO. A morning fire has nearly destroyed a home on the 900 block of Deitz Road, near Dennis Road.
30 am, sheriff's deputies patrolling the neighborhood near the 3400 block of Edison Way detected an unusual smell near Edison Technology Park, property owner and manager Ron Newdall said.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bill also has maximum sustained winds near 40 mph and is moving west near 16 mph.
A dozen homes are on a Level 2 evacuation notice near Creston, where the Apache Pass fire has burned nearly 18,000 acres.
Egyptians carry a protester wounded in clashes early today with security forces near Tahrir Square in Cairo, where an opposition rally has been called to voice rejection of President Morsi's seizure of near absolute powers.
Emergency workers respond to the scene of a fatal crash involving a semitrailer and multiple vehicles Thursday morning in the southbound lanes near the High Meadows Ave exit on Interstate 95 near Stuart.
Astronomers have identified nearly 9,000 near-Earth asteroids , but they think many more are out there, waiting to be discovered.
War veterans from the Balkan war of the 1990's stand near a memorial at the memorial center Potocari, near Srebrenica, 150 kms northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia on Saturday, Nov.17, 2012.
I've seen it near the spices and also near where the BBQ sauce is found.
The cub was first seen near Olivetti Street around 10:30 am and later seen again on the train tracks near the Plattsburgh Boat Basin.
The Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that US crude oil production averaged nearly 6.5 million barrels per day in September, the highest volume in nearly 15 years.

In science:

Therefore, when the two slits are very near together, the peak of Gaussian wave functions, i.e. Y , come very near to the x-axis and the condition Y ≪ σ0 is completely right.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
In particular, consider the features near λ = 0 and near λ = 1.
Structure and diffusion time scales of disordered clusters
We first note that φ± (·, λ + iη) ∈ ℓ2 near ±∞ if η > 0, and φ± (·, λ + iη) ∈ ℓ2 near ∓∞ if η < 0.
Localization for Discrete One Dimensional Random Word Models
But for a generic system this map (”small perturbation” 7→ ”small perturbations v near ˜P ”) is continuous and small perturbations of the system provides all small perturbations of the system surface near the point P and, hence, all small perturbations of the field v near the point ˜P .
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
Nearly subharmonic functions, thus also quasisubharmonic and subharmonic functions, are loc(W) is nearly examples of quasi-nearly subharmonic functions.
A generalized mean value inequality for subharmonic functions and applications