• (adv.) At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree;
not remote; nigh.
• (adv.) Nearly; almost; well-nigh.
• (adv.) Closely; intimately.
• (adv.) Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote;
close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh.
• (adv.) Closely connected or related.
• (adv.) Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or
affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
• (adv.) Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or
rambling; as, a version near to the original.
• (adv.) So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close;
narrow; as, a near escape.
• (adv.) 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.
• (a) Immediate; direct; close; short.
• (a) Close-fisted; parsimonious.
• (prep.) Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship
sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.
• (adv.) To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
• (v. i.) To draw near; to approach.