American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state, quality, sense, or fact of being near or next; closeness: "Swift's major writings have a proximity and a relevance that is splendidly invigorating” ( M.D. Aeschliman). See Usage Note at redundancy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being proximate; nearness in place, time, or relation.
- n. Synonyms Vicinity, etc. (see neighborhood), adjacency.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being next in time, place, causation, influence, etc.; immediate nearness, either in place, blood, or alliance.
- n. a Gestalt principle of organization holding that (other things being equal) objects or events that are near to one another (in space or time) are perceived as belonging together as a unit
- n. the property of being close together
- n. the region close around a person or thing
- Middle English, from Old French proximite, from Latin proximitās, from proximus, nearest; see proximate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Assuming each person incurs a slight cost when an additional rider gets on a bus (inaccurate, as the cost is only truly incurred by those in proximity to the new rider) the average cost is still minimized by cramming people in as opposed to making some wait.”
“This idea, the importance of proximity, is one of the first concepts that Steven Johnson introduces in "Where Good Ideas Come From.”
“Big city schools might be in proximity to all-night Thai food, but schools in small cities can give students a huge advantage in preparing for a career.”
“US armed forces, he may have been tasked with duties which placed him in proximity to SEALs and learned of their training and tactics through conversational interaction.”
“Moreover, the evidence suggests that the products are likely to be shelved in proximity, making a consumer more likely to infer equivalence.”
“Still such proximity is saving my family a ton of gas and mileage.”
“No self-respecting chick is going to agree to a first date in proximity to your Star Wars sheets.”
“People get PISSED if you interfere or even get in proximity to their fishing grounds.”
“The exception being when in proximity to water - then you'd better anchor him, unless you can haul a 1300 lb animal out of 6 feet of 50 degree water. the back of a truck is a great spot to shoot one by the way.”
“The idea behind this study was that invasion of personal space underlies paruresis — the closer another person is in proximity, the more trouble the pee-shy individual will have urinating.”
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