Hypertext Webster Gateway: "next"

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

Next \Next\ (n[e^]kst), a., superl. of {Nigh}. [AS. n[=e]hst,
ni['e]hst, n[=y]hst, superl. of ne['a]h nigh. See {Nigh}.]
1. Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening.

Her princely guest Was next her side; in order sat
the rest. --Dryden.

Fear followed me so hard, that I fled the next way.

2. Nearest in time; as, the next day or hour.

3. Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following
in order.

None could tell whose turn should be the next.

4. Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation; as,
the next heir was an infant.

The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next
kinsmen. --Ruth ii. 20.

Note: Next is usually followed by to before an object, but to
is sometimes omitted. In such cases next in considered
by many grammarians as a preposition.

{Next friend} (Law), one who represents an infant, a married
woman, or any person who can not appear sui juris, in a
suit at law.

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

Next \Next\, adv.
In the time, place, or order nearest or immediately
suceeding; as, this man follows next.

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

Nigh \Nigh\, a. [Compar. {Nigher}; superl. {Nighest}, or
{Next}.] [OE. nigh, neigh, neih, AS. ne['a]h, n?h; akin to D.
na, adv., OS. n[=a]h, a., OHG. n[=a]h, G. nah, a., nach to,
after, Icel. n[=a] (in comp.) nigh, Goth. n?hw, n?hwa, adv.,
nigh. Cf. {Near}, {Neighbor}, {Next}.]
1. Not distant or remote in place or time; near.

The loud tumult shows the battle nigh. --Prior.

2. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.;
closely allied; intimate. ``Nigh kinsmen.'' --Knolles.

Ye . . . are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
--Eph. ii. 13.

Syn: Near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: immediately following in time or order; "the following day";
"next in line"; "the next president"; "the next item
on the list" [syn: {following}]
2: nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without
intervening space; "had adjacent rooms"; "in the next
room"; "the person sitting next to me"; "our rooms were
side by side" [syn: {adjacent}, {side by side(p)}]
3: (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving; "our next
president" [syn: {future(a)}, {succeeding(a)}]
adv : at the time or occasion immediately following; "next the
doctor examined his back"

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