Definitions for: Close


[n] the concluding part of any performance
[n] the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..."
[n] 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"
[adv] 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"
[adv] in an attentive manner; "he remained close on his guard"
[adj] marked by fidelity to an original; "a close translation"; "a faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the observed facts"
[adj] rigorously attentive; strict and thorough; "close supervision"; "paid close attention"; "a close study"; "kept a close watch on expenditures"
[adj] 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"
[adj] 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"
[adj] close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance"
[adj] inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information; "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"
[adj] crowded; "close quarters"
[adj] (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game"
[adj] giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"
[adj] used of hair or haircuts; "a close military haircut"
[adj] fitting closely but comfortably; "a close fit"
[adj] confined to specific persons; "a close secret"
[adj] strictly confined or guarded; "kept under close custody"
[adj] of textiles; "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very tight weave"
[adj] lacking fresh air; "a dusty airless attic"; "the dreadfully close atmosphere"; "hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke"
[v] complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; "We closed on the house on Friday"; "They closed the deal on the building"
[v] unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; "close the circuit"; "close a wound"
[v] move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; "Close the door"; "shut the window"
[v] become closed; "The windows closed with a loud bang"
[v] fill or stop up; "Can you close the cracks with caulking?"
[v] bar access to; "Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"
[v] bring together all the elements or parts of; "Management closed ranks"
[v] draw near; "The probe closed with the space station"
[v] come together, as if in an embrace; "Her arms closed around her long lost relative"
[v] cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
[v] engage at close quarters; "close with the enemy"
[v] finish or terminate; of meetings, speeches, etc. "The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board"
[v] 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."
[v] come to a close; "The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"



Webster (1913) Definition: Close, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Closed; 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, n.]
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.


Close, v. i.
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 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.


Close, n.
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.


Close (? or ?), n. [OF. & F. clos an inclosure, fr.
clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]
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.


Close, a. [Compar. Closer; superl. Closest.] [Of. &
F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]
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
servecy, 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.


Close, adv.
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.

Synonyms: accurate, adjacent, adpressed, airless, ambient, appressed, approximate, at hand(p), boon, bosom(a), careful, cheeseparing, chummy, close at hand(p), close down, close set(p), close together(p), close-fitting, close-hauled, close-knit, closelipped, closely, closely knit, closemouthed, closer, close-set(a), closest, closing, closing curtain, come together, conclusion, conclusion, confidential, confined, confining, contiguous, cozy, dear, encompassing(a), end, ending, enveloping(a), equal, faithful, familiar, fill, fill up, finale, finale, fine, finis, finis, finish, fold, good, hand-to-hand, hot, immediate, imminent, impending, incommunicative, intimate, juxtaposed, last, moral(a), near, near, nearby, nearer, nearest, neighbor, neighboring(a), neighbour, neighbouring(a), nestled, next, nigh, nigh, nighest, penny-pinching, private, proximate, restrained, scalelike, secretive, short, shut, shut down, side by side(p), snug, snuggled, stingy, stopping point, stuffy, surrounding(a), thick(p), tight, tight, tightlipped, unaired, uncommunicative, ungenerous, unventilated, walking(a), walk-to(a), warm

Antonyms: distant, far, open, open, open, open up, open up

See Also: address, adjourn, alter, anticlimax, approach, bang, bar, barricade, bathos, block, block off, block up, blockade, bring together, bung, cease, change, change state, close, coapt, coda, come near, come on, conglutinate, draw, draw close, draw near, enclose, end, end, end, end, end, ending, engage, epilog, epilogue, finale, finish, finish, finishing, go up, inclose, join, lock, lock away, lock in, lock up, move, narration, near, peroration, plug, prosecute, pursue, put away, recital, retire, seal, seal off, section, secure, shut away, shut in, shut up, shutter, slam, slat, snap, speech, stop, stop up, subdivision, terminate, terminate, terminate, terminate, turn, withdraw, yarn

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