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Definition of Close

Pronunciation: klōz
v. t.1.To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door.
[imp. & p. p. Closed (klōzd); p. pr. & vb. n. Closing.]
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.
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
to come to a mutual agreement; to agree on or join in.
To close with
a - To accede to; to consent or agree to; as, to close with the terms proposed.
- Sir W. Temple.
b - To make an agreement with.
To close with the land
(Naut.) to approach the land.
n.1.The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
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.
4.(Mus.) The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
At every close she made, the attending throng
Replied, and bore the burden of the song.
- Dryden.
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.
3.(Law) The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed.
a.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.
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.
"Her close intent."
- Spenser.
6.Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent.
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.
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.
13.Difficult to obtain; as, money is close.
14.Parsimonious; stingy.
15.Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation.
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.
adv.1.In a close manner.
2.Secretly; darkly.
A wondrous vision which did close imply
The course of all her fortune and posterity.
- Spenser.

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