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


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

Middle English nexte, from Old English nīehsta, nēhst, superlative of nēah, near.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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