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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NEAREST

The driver faced the bill toward the nearest street-light and scanned it.

We are now within 140 miles from the nearest Adelaide station.

You forget the nearest telegraph office is at Witherby, seven miles off.

The right of their position was nearest the attacking force.

And that was the nearest the little adventuress ever came to making a Biblical quotation.

The holders of the lists occupied the end which was nearest to the city gate.

The nearest patient, a man in a wheel-chair, was snoring heavily.

Ah, church-going is impossible; the nearest is too far off.'

Ayllon struck down the Cacique with his own sword as the nearest at hand.

I'll take your car to the nearest farmhouse and leave it, then I'll take you and Katy in my car.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English near "closer, nearer," comparative of neah, neh"nigh." Influenced by Old Norse naer "near," it came to be used as a positive form mid-13c., and new comparative nearer developed 1500s (see nigh). As an adjective from c.1300. Originally an adverb but now supplanted in most such senses by nearly; it has in turn supplanted correct nigh as an adjective. Related: Nearness. In near and dear (1620s) it refers to nearness of kinship. Near East first attested 1891, in Kipling. Near beer "low-alcoholic brew" is from 1908.

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