Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Located a short distance away; close at hand. See Synonyms at close.
  • adv. Not far away.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. adjacent, near, very close
  • adv. next to, close to

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • situated near. Opposite of far away.
  • adv.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Close at hand; not far off; adjacent; neighboring: as, near-by towns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. not far away in relative terms
  • adj. close at hand

Etymologies

near + by (Wiktionary)

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