Definitions

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  • adjective less distant in space.

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  • adjective Less distant from. comparative form of near: more near
  • preposition Closer

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

  • adverb (comparative of `near' or `close') within a shorter distance

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Examples

  • Next, To _creep to you with his Body and Head close upon the ground_, by saying, _Come nearer, Come nearer_, or the like Words; to understand and do it, entice him with shewing him Bread, or the like: Thrusting down any rising part of his Body or head, and roughly threatning him; if he slight that, a good Jerk or two with a slash of Whip-cord will reclaim his Obstinacy.

    The School of Recreation (1684 edition) Or, The Gentlemans Tutor, to those Most Ingenious Exercises of Hunting, Racing, Hawking, Riding, Cock-fighting, Fowling, Fishing

  • They knew what the prince was saying, they had the secret and yet -- they were _no nearer, no nearer_ than he.

    Romance Island

  • The girl felt it in every nerve; it was as though some soft-footed, noiseless, shapeless creature, whose presence she only dimly divined, was approaching nearer -- _nearer_.

    Stories by English Authors: The Orient (Selected by Scribners)

  • A silence fell, pregnant and cryptic, and, while the voices of the children and the soft mandatory protests of the Asiatic maids drew nearer from the beach, Martha Scandwell felt herself vibrant and tremulous with sudden resolve of daring.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • I'll post about this again nearer to the date, and here's the link to the announcement by Cory Doctorow.

    The Whore's Daughter

  • A silence fell, pregnant and cryptic, and, while the voices of the children and the soft mandatory protests of the Asiatic maids drew nearer from the beach, Martha Scandwell felt herself vibrant and tremulous with sudden resolve of daring.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • _Isabel_, in fact, would be a name nearer the original than the form in which we have it.

    Notes and Queries, Number 59, December 14, 1850

  • Admiral Cunningham has stated we would gain nearer three than two million gross tons of shipping could we free the Mediterranean route.

    Finishing the Job

  • She lay back on her pillow and her voice came again nearer to her son.

    The Mother

  • A silence fell, pregnant and cryptic, and, while the voices of the children and the soft mandatory protests of the Asiatic maids drew nearer from the beach, Martha Scandwell felt herself vibrant and tremulous with sudden resolve of daring.

    On the Makaloa Mat

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