[ UK /nˈi‍ənəs/ ]
  1. the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance
    the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into action
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How To Use nearness In A Sentence

  • The lessons of self-distrust, of the nearness to one another of the most opposite emotions in our weak natures, of the depth of gloom into which the boldest and brightest servant of God may fall as soon as he loses hold of God's hand, never had a more striking instance to point them than that mighty prophet, sitting huddled together in utter despondency below the solitary retem bush, praying his foolish prayer for death. Expositions of Holy Scripture Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and First Book of Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, and Second Kings chapters I to VII
  • As for Varanasi, the constant nearness of death seems to have affected the pace of life here.
  • He can see nothing, but he can feel the nearness of the Spider - sharpness pricking at his throat with unexpected care.
  • With that animal instinct of nearness, which is neither sight, nor smell, my favorite broncho put forward his ears and whinnied sharply. Lords of the North
  • The self-discipline that had kept her upright and functioning deserted her, as though his nearness was a drug so potent it robbed her bones of stuffing and reduced her to limp surrender. The Rich Man's Royal Mistress
  • By this means there arises a kind of contrariety in our method of thinking, from the different points of view, in which we survey the object, and from the nearness or remoteness of those instants of time, which we compare together. A Treatise of Human Nature
  • He was suddenly aware of his nearness.
  • `The nearness of war took the heat off the search for the thief, and von Keller returned to his regiment completely unsuspected. A DAYSTAR OF FEAR
  • He comes from the infinite distance of the eternal heavens to finite nearness, wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger (Luke 2: 7). Lieberman: I'll back health care bill without Medicare expansion
  • It may be there was something humble in my stintless adoration; it may be I was like a child for the pleasure of her nearness; it may be my eyes told all too well of the fire that burned within me, but O, the girl was kind, gentler than forgiveness, sweeter than all heaven. The Trail of '98 A Northland Romance
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