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Near Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    near 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, penny-pinching]
  5. with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" [syn: dear, good]
  6. very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness" [syn: approximate] adv
  7. 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]
  8. (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]
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  • Near East: The Near East is a geographical term that covers different countries for archeologists and historians, on the one hand, and for political ...
  • List of nearest stars: File:RedDwarfNASA. jpg | Artist's conception of a red dwarf star, the most common type of star in the Sun's stellar neighborhood ...
  • Near-open vowel: A near-open vowel is a type of vowel sound used in some spoken language s. The defining characteristic of a near-open vowel is that the ...
  • Near Islands: The Near Islands or Sasignan Islands (Aleut : Sasignan tanangin) are the smallest and westernmost group of the Aleutian Islands in ...
  • Near (Death Note): universally referred to by the mononym Near | ニア | Nia, is a fictional deuteragonist in anime and an antagonist of the manga series ...
  • Near-front vowel: A near-front vowel is a type of vowel sound used in some spoken language s. The defining characteristic of a near-front vowel is that the ...

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* If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand. - Confucius

* The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. - Confucius

* Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide. - John Dryden


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