from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Nearest in space or position; adjacent.
  • adjective Immediately following, as in time, order, or sequence.
  • adverb In the time, order, or place nearest or immediately following.
  • adverb On the first subsequent occasion.
  • noun The next person or thing.
  • idiom (next to) Adjacent to.
  • idiom (next to) Following in order or degree.
  • idiom (next to) Almost; practically.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding.
  • 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.
  • (Law) one who represents an infant, a married woman, or any person who can not appear sui juris, in a suit at law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Following in a sequence.
  • adjective Being closer to the present location than all other items.
  • adjective Nearest following (of date, time, space or order).
  • adjective figuratively Following in a hypothetical sequence of some kind.
  • determiner The one immediately following the current or most recent one
  • determiner Closest to seven days (one week) in advance.
  • adverb In a time, place or sequence closest or following.
  • adverb On the first subsequent occasion,
  • preposition On the side of; next to.
  • noun The one that follows after this one.

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

  • adjective (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving
  • adjective immediately following in time or order
  • adverb at the time or occasion immediately following
  • adjective 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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