close Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the temporal end; the concluding time
finish; last; finis; finale; stopping point; conclusion.
- the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell
- the market was up at the finish
- they were playing better at the close of the season
noun the last section of a communication
closing; ending; end; conclusion.
- in conclusion I want to say...
noun the concluding part of any performance
finis; finale; closing curtain.
verb move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut
- Close the door
- shut the window
verb become closed
- The windows closed with a loud bang
verb cease to operate or cause to cease operating
shut down; close up; close down; fold.
- The owners decided to move and to close the factory
- My business closes every night at 8 P.M.
- close up the shop
verb finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)
- The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board
verb come to a close
- The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin
verb complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement
- We closed on the house on Friday
- They closed the deal on the building
verb be priced or listed when trading stops
- The stock market closed high this Friday
- My new stocks closed at $59 last night
verb engage at close quarters
- close with the enemy
verb cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
verb change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact
verb come together, as if in an embrace
- Her arms closed around her long lost relative
verb draw near
- The probe closed with the space station
verb bring together all the elements or parts of
- Management closed ranks
verb bar access to
- Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours
verb fill or stop up
- Can you close the cracks with caulking?
verb unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of
- close the circuit
- close a wound
- close a book
- close up an umbrella
verb finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead
- The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning
adjective at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other
- close to noon
- how close are we to town?
- a close formation of ships
adjective close in relevance or relationship
- a close family
- we are all...in close sympathy with...
- close kin
- a close resemblance
adjective not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
- near neighbors
- in the near future
- they are near equals
- his nearest approach to success
- a very near thing
- a near hit by the bomb
- she was near tears
- she was close to tears
- had a close call
adjective satellite rigorously attentive; strict and thorough
- close supervision
- paid close attention
- a close study
- kept a close watch on expenditures
adjective satellite marked by fidelity to an original
- a close translation
- a faithful copy of the portrait
- a faithful rendering of the observed facts
adjective satellite (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched
- a close contest
- a close election
- a tight game
adjective satellite crowded
- close quarters
adjective satellite lacking fresh air
airless; unaired; stuffy.
- a dusty airless attic
- the dreadfully close atmosphere
- hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke
adjective satellite of textiles
- a close weave
- smooth percale with a very tight weave
adjective satellite strictly confined or guarded
- kept under close custody
adjective satellite confined to specific persons
- a close secret
adjective satellite fitting closely but comfortably
- a close fit
adjective satellite used of hair or haircuts
- a close military haircut
adjective satellite giving or spending with reluctance
near; skinny; cheeseparing; penny-pinching.
- our cheeseparing administration
- very close (or near) with his money
- a penny-pinching miserly old man
adjective satellite inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information
tightlipped; closelipped; closemouthed; secretive.
- although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it
adverb near in time or place or relationship
- as the wedding day drew near
- stood near the door
- don't shoot until they come near
- getting near to the true explanation
- her mother is always near
- The end draws nigh
- the bullet didn't come close
- don't get too close to the fire
adverb in an attentive manner
- he remained close on his guard
Close transitive verb
EtymologyFrom OF. & F.
To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to closethe eyes; to closea door.
To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to closethe ranks of an army; -- often used with up.
To bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to end; to consummate; as, to closea bargain; to closea course of instruction.
One frugal supper did our studies close. Dryden.
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.
Close intransitive verb
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.
To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate. closedat six o'clock
To grapple; to engange in hand-to-hand fight.
They boldly closed in a hand-to-hand contest. Prescott.
The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.Obs.
The doors of plank were; their close exquisite. Chapman.
Conclusion; cessation; ending; end.
His long and troubled life was drawing to a close. Macaulay.
A grapple in wrestling.Bacon.
(Mus.) (a) The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence. (b) A double bar marking the end.
At every close she made, the attending throng Replied, and bore the burden of the song. Dryden.
Syn. -- Conclusion; termination; cessation; end; ending; extremity; extreme.
EtymologyOF. & F.
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.
A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within.Eng. Halliwell
(Law) The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed.Bouvier.
EtymologyOf. & F.
Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a. closebox
From a close bower this dainty music flowed. Dryden.
Narrow; confined;"A close prison." Dickens. as, a closealley; closequarters.
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.
Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a. closeprisoner
Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden."He yet kept himself close because of Saul." 1 Chron. xii. 1
"Her close intent." Spenser.
Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent."For servecy, no lady closer." Shak.
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.
Concise; to the point;"Where the original is close no version can reach it in the same compass." Dryden. as,. closereasoning
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.
Short; as, to cut grass or hair. close
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.
Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced;"A close contest." Prescott. as, a. closevote
Difficult to obtain;Bartlett. as, money is. close
Parsimonious; stingy."A crusty old fellow, as close as a vise." Hawthorne.
Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict;Locke. as, a. closetranslation
Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a. closeobserver
(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.
In a close manner.
A wondrous vision which did close imply The course of all her fortune and posterity. Spenser.