NEAR, adjective [This seems to be a contracted word, from nigher, the comparative of neh, nih or nieh; strait, narrow; to narrow]
1. Nigh; not far distant in place, time or degree. Regularly, near should be followed by to, but this is often omitted. We say, a house stands near a river; a friend sits near me; the man fell and was near destruction.
And Jacob went near to Isaac his father. Genesis 27:21.
Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Romans 13:11.
2. Closely related by blood.
She is thy fathers near kinswoman. Leviticus 18:6.
3. Not distant in affection, support or assistance; present; ready; willing to aid.
Call upon the Lord, while he is near Isaiah 55:6.
4. Intimate; united in close ties of affection or confidence; as a near friend.
5. Dear; affecting ones interest or feelings; as a near concern.
My nearest life.
6. Close; parsimonious.
7. Close; not loose, free or rambling; as a version near the original.
8. Next to one; opposed to off; as the near horse or ox in a team.
NEAR, adverb Almost; within a little. It is near twelve oclock. The payment of such a sum would go near to ruin him.
NEAR, verb transitive To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land; a seamans phrase.