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

Near \Near\, adjective [Compar. {Nearer}; superl. {Nearest}.] [See {Near}, adverb]

1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. "As one near death." --Shak.

He served great Hector, and was ever near, Not with his trumpet only, but his spear. --Dryden.

2. Closely connected or related.

She is thy father's near kinswoman. --Lev. xviii. 12.

3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.

4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.

5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow[3]; as, a near escape; a near miss.

6. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near ox; the near leg. See {Off side}, under {Off}, adjective

7. Immediate; direct; close; short. "The nearest way." --Milton.

8. Close-fisted; parsimonious. [Obs. or Low, Eng.]

Note: Near may properly be followed by to before the thing approached; but more frequently to is omitted, and the adjective or the adverb is regarded as a preposition. The same is also true of the word nigh.

Syn: Nigh; close; adjacent; proximate; contiguous; present; ready; intimate; familiar; dear.

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

nearer \nearer\ adjective less distant in space; as, we walked to the nearer house. [WordNet 1.5]

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

nearer

adverb

1: (comparative of 'near' or 'close') within a shorter distance; "come closer, my dear!"; "they drew nearer"; "getting nearer to the true explanation" [syn: {nearer}, {nigher}, {closer}]


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