Near the wind

Near the wind
Near Near (n[=e]r), adv. [AS. ne['a]r, compar. of ne['a]h nigh. See {Nigh}.] 1. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh. [1913 Webster]

My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. ``Near twenty years ago.'' --Shak. ``Near a fortnight ago.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Near about the yearly value of the land. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. Closely; intimately. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Far and near}, at a distance and close by; throughout a whole region.

{To come near to}, to want but little of; to approximate to. ``Such a sum he found would go near to ruin him.'' --Addison.

{Near the wind} (Naut.), close to the wind; closehauled. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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