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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Close \Close\, verb (used without an object)

1. To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated.

What deep wounds ever closed without a scar? --Byron.

2. To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate closed at six o'clock.

3. To grapple; to engage in hand-to-hand fight.

They boldly closed in a hand-to-hand contest. --Prescott.

{To close on} or {To close upon}, to come to a mutual agreement; to agree on or join in. "Would induce France and Holland to close upon some measures between them to our disadvantage." --Sir W. Temple.

{To close with}. (a) To accede to; to consent or agree to; as, to close with the terms proposed. (b) To make an agreement with.

{To close with the land} (Naut.), to approach the land.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Close \Close\ (kl[=o]z), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Closed} (kl[=o]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Closing}.] [From OF. & F. clos, p. p. of clore to close, fr. L. claudere; akin to G. schliessen to shut, and to E. clot, cloister, clavicle, conclude, sluice. Cf. {Clause}, noun]

1. To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door.

2. To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; -- often used with up.

3. To bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to close a course of instruction.

One frugal supper did our studies close. --Dryden.

4. To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine.

The depth closed me round about. --Jonah ii. 5.

But now thou dost thyself immure and close In some one corner of a feeble heart. --Herbert.

{A closed sea}, a sea within the jurisdiction of some particular nation, which controls its navigation.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Close \Close\ (? or ?), noun [OF. & F. clos an inclosure, fr. clos, p. p. of clore. See {Close}, verb (used with an object)]

1. An inclosed place; especially, a small field or piece of land surrounded by a wall, hedge, or fence of any kind; -- specifically, the precinct of a cathedral or abbey.

Closes surrounded by the venerable abodes of deans and canons. --Macaulay.

2. A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within. [Eng.] --Halliwell

3. (Law) The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed. --Bouvier.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Close \Close\ (kl[=o]s), adjective [Compar. {Closer} (kl[=o]"s[~e]r); superl. {Closest}.] [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See {Close}, verb (used with an object)]

1. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.

From a close bower this dainty music flowed. --Dryden.

2. Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters. "A close prison." --Dickens.

3. Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude; -- said of the air, weather, etc.

If the rooms be low-roofed, or full of windows and doors, the one maketh the air close, . . . and the other maketh it exceeding unequal. --Bacon.

4. Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner.

5. Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden. "He yet kept himself close because of Saul." --1 Chron. xii. 1

"Her close intent." --Spenser.

6. Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent. "For secrecy, no lady closer." --Shak.

7. Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact; as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as applied to liquids.

The golden globe being put into a press, . . . the water made itself way through the pores of that very close metal. --Locke.

8. Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning. "Where the original is close no version can reach it in the same compass." --Dryden.

9. Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; -- often followed by to.

Plant the spring crocuses close to a wall. --Mortimer.

The thought of the Man of sorrows seemed a very close thing -- not a faint hearsay. --G. Eliot.

10. Short; as, to cut grass or hair close.

11. Intimate; familiar; confidential.

League with you I seek And mutual amity, so strait, so close, That I with you must dwell, or you with me. --Milton.

12. Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote. "A close contest." --Prescott.

13. Difficult to obtain; as, money is close. --Bartlett.

14. Parsimonious; stingy. "A crusty old fellow, as close as a vise." --Hawthorne.

15. Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation. --Locke.

16. Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.

17. (Phon.) Uttered with a relatively contracted opening of the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French, Italian, and German; -- opposed to open.

{Close borough}. See under {Borough}.

{Close breeding}. See under {Breeding}.

{Close communion}, communion in the Lord's supper, restricted to those who have received baptism by immersion.

{Close corporation}, a body or corporation which fills its own vacancies.

{Close fertilization}. (Bot.) See {Fertilization}.

{Close harmony} (Mus.), compact harmony, in which the tones composing each chord are not widely distributed over several octaves.

{Close time}, a fixed period during which killing game or catching certain fish is prohibited by law.

{Close vowel} (Pron.), a vowel which is pronounced with a diminished aperture of the lips, or with contraction of the cavity of the mouth.

{Close to the wind} (Naut.), directed as nearly to the point from which the wind blows as it is possible to sail; closehauled; -- said of a vessel.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Close \Close\, noun

1. The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction. [Obs.]

The doors of plank were; their close exquisite. --Chapman.

2. Conclusion; cessation; ending; end.

His long and troubled life was drawing to a close. --Macaulay.

3. A grapple in wrestling. --Bacon.

4. (Mus.) (a) The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence. (b) A double bar marking the end.

At every close she made, the attending throng Replied, and bore the burden of the song. --Dryden.

Syn: Conclusion; termination; cessation; end; ending; extremity; extreme.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Close \Close\ (kl[=o]s), adverb

1. In a close manner.

2. Secretly; darkly. [Obs.]

A wondrous vision which did close imply The course of all her fortune and posterity. --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

close

adverb

1: near in time or place or relationship; "as the wedding day drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until they come near"; "getting near to the true explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't get too close to the fire" [syn: {near}, {nigh}, {close}]

2: in an attentive manner; "he remained close on his guard" [syn: {close}, {closely}, {tight}]

adjective

1: at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships" [ant: {distant}]

2: close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance" [ant: {distant}, {remote}]

3: not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears"; "had a close call" [syn: {near}, {close}, {nigh}] [ant: {far}]

4: rigorously attentive; strict and thorough; "close supervision"; "paid close attention"; "a close study"; "kept a close watch on expenditures"

5: marked by fidelity to an original; "a close translation"; "a faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the observed facts" [syn: {close}, {faithful}]

6: (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game" [syn: {close}, {tight}]

7: crowded; "close quarters" [syn: {close}, {confining}]

8: lacking fresh air; "a dusty airless attic"; "the dreadfully close atmosphere"; "hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke" [syn: {airless}, {close}, {stuffy}, {unaired}]

9: of textiles; "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very tight weave" [syn: {close}, {tight}]

10: strictly confined or guarded; "kept under close custody"

11: confined to specific persons; "a close secret"

12: fitting closely but comfortably; "a close fit" [syn: {close}, {snug}, {close-fitting}]

13: used of hair or haircuts; "a close military haircut"

14: giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man" [syn: {cheeseparing}, {close}, {near}, {penny-pinching}, {skinny}]

15: inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information; "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it" [syn: {close}, {closelipped}, {closemouthed}, {secretive}, {tightlipped}]

noun

1: the temporal end; the concluding time; "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season" [syn: {stopping point}, {finale}, {finis}, {finish}, {last}, {conclusion}, {close}]

2: the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..." [syn: {conclusion}, {end}, {close}, {closing}, {ending}]

3: the concluding part of any performance [syn: {finale}, {close}, {closing curtain}, {finis}]

verb

1: move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; "Close the door"; "shut the window" [syn: {close}, {shut}] [ant: {open}, {open up}]

2: become closed; "The windows closed with a loud bang" [syn: {close}, {shut}] [ant: {open}, {open up}]

3: cease to operate or cause to cease operating; "The owners decided to move and to close the factory"; "My business closes every night at 8 P.M."; "close up the shop" [syn: {close up}, {close}, {fold}, {shut down}, {close down}] [ant: {open}, {open up}]

4: finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.); "The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board" [ant: {open}]

5: come to a close; "The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin" [syn: {conclude}, {close}]

6: complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; "We closed on the house on Friday"; "They closed the deal on the building"

7: be priced or listed when trading stops; "The stock market closed high this Friday"; "My new stocks closed at $59 last night"

8: engage at close quarters; "close with the enemy"

9: cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop [ant: {open}]

10: change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact

11: come together, as if in an embrace; "Her arms closed around her long lost relative" [syn: {close}, {come together}]

12: draw near; "The probe closed with the space station"

13: bring together all the elements or parts of; "Management closed ranks"

14: bar access to; "Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"

15: fill or stop up; "Can you close the cracks with caulking?" [syn: {close}, {fill up}]

16: unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; "close the circuit"; "close a wound"; "close a book"; "close up an umbrella" [syn: {close up}, {close}]

17: finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead; "The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"

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