Hypertext Webster Gateway: "nearer"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Near \Near\, a. [Compar. {Nearer}; superl. {Nearest}.] [See
{Near}, adv.]
1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote;
close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. ``As one near
death.'' --Shak.

He served great Hector, and was ever near, Not with
his trumpet only, but his spear. --Dryden.

2. Closely connected or related.

She is thy father's near kinswoman. --Lev. xviii.

3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or
affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.

4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose,
or rambling; as, a version near to the original.

5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close;
narrow; as, a near escape.

6. 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.

7. Immediate; direct; close; short. ``The nearest way.''

8. Close-fisted; parsimonious. [Obs. or Low, Eng.]

Note: Near may properly be followed by to before the thing
approached'; but more frequently to is omitted, and the
adjective or the adverb is regarded as a preposition.
The same is also true of the word nigh.

Syn: Nigh; close; adjacent; proximate; contiguous; present;
ready; intimate; dear.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : (comparative of `near') being the one of two that is less
distant in space; "we walked to the nearer house"
adv : (comparative of `near' or `close') within a shorter
distance; "come closer, my dear!"; "they drew nearer";
"getting nearer to the true explanation" [syn: {nigher},

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