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Next Next (n[e^]kst), a., superl. of {Nigh}. [AS. n[=e]hst, ni['e]hst, n[=y]hst, superl. of ne['a]h nigh. See {Nigh}.] 1. Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Her princely guest Was next her side; in order sat the rest. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Fear followed me so hard, that I fled the next way. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

2. Nearest in time; as, the next day or hour. [1913 Webster]

3. Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following in order. [1913 Webster]

None could tell whose turn should be the next. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

4. Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation; as, the next heir was an infant. [1913 Webster]

The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. --Ruth ii. 20. [1913 Webster]

Note: Next is usually followed by to before an object, but to is sometimes omitted. In such cases next in considered by many grammarians as a preposition. [1913 Webster]

{Next friend} (Law), one who represents an infant, a married woman, or any person who can not appear sui juris, in a suit at law. [1913 Webster]


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