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English Dictionary: closer by the DICT Development Group
3 results for closer
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. (comparative of `near' or `close') within a shorter distance; "come closer, my dear!"; "they drew nearer"; "getting nearer to the true explanation"
    Synonym(s): nearer, nigher, closer
  1. a person who closes something; "whoever is the closer has to turn out the lights and lock up"
  2. (baseball) a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game
    Synonym(s): closer, finisher
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Close \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.
      2. Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters. [bd]A
            close prison.[b8] --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
      5. Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden.
            [bd]He yet kept himself close because of Saul.[b8] --1
            Chron. xii. 1
                     [bd]Her close intent.[b8]                  --Spenser.
      6. Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent. [bd]For
            servecy, no lady closer.[b8] --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. [bd]Where the
            original is close no version can reach it in the same
            compass.[b8] --Dryden.
      9. Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; --
            often followed by to.
                     Plant the spring crocuses close to a wall.
                     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.
            [bd]A close contest.[b8] --Prescott.
      13. Difficult to obtain; as, money is close. --Bartlett.
      14. Parsimonious; stingy. [bd]A crusty old fellow, as close
            as a vise.[b8] --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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Closer \Clos"er\, n.
      1. One who, or that which, closes; specifically, a boot
            closer. See under {Boot}.
      2. A finisher; that which finishes or terminates.
      3. (Masonry) The last stone in a horizontal course, if of a
            less size than the others, or a piece of brick finishing a
            course. --Gwilt.
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