from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Nearest in space or position; adjacent: the next room.
- adj. Immediately following, as in time, order, or sequence: next week; the next item on the list.
- adv. In the time, order, or place nearest or immediately following: reading this book next; our next oldest child.
- adv. On the first subsequent occasion: when next I write.
- n. The next person or thing: The next will be better.
- idiom next to Adjacent to: the car next to hers.
- idiom next to Following in order or degree: Next to skiing, she likes hiking.
- idiom next to Almost; practically: next to impossible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Following in a sequence.
- adj. Being closer to the present location than all other items.
- adj. Nearest following (of date, time, space or order).
- adj. Following in a hypothetical sequence of some kind.
- The one immediately following the current or most recent one
- Closest to seven days (one week) in advance.
- adv. In a time, place or sequence closest or following.
- adv. On the first subsequent occasion,
- prep. On the side of; next to.
- n. The one that follows after this one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening.
- Nearest in time.
- Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following in order.
- Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation.
- adv. In the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nighest; nearest; in the place, position, rank, or turn which is nearest: as, next before; next after you.
- In the place or turn immediately succeeding: as, Who comes next?
- Almost; within a little of being: as, next to nothing.
- Nearest to; immediately adjacent to.
- Nighest; nearest in place or position; adjoining: as, the next town; the next room.
- Nearest in order, succession, or rank; immediately succeeding: as, advise me in your next letter; next time; next month.
- Nearest or shortest in point of distance or of time; most direct in respect of the way or means.
- The last preceding.
- Synonyms Nearest, Next. See near.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving
- adj. immediately following in time or order
- adv. at the time or occasion immediately following
- adj. nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space
Middle English nexte, from Old English nīehsta, nēhst, superlative of nēah, near.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nexte, nest, from Old English nīehst ("nearest, next"), superlative form of nēah ("nigh, near"), corresponding to Proto-Germanic *nēhwist (“nearest, closest”). Cognate with Old Norse næstr (Danish næste), Dutch naast, German nächst. (Wiktionary)