Definition of nearness in US English:

nearness

noun

  • The condition of being near; proximity.

    ‘the park's nearness to Washington, DC’
    • ‘But when I worked I felt him behind me, his breath stirring my hair, and his nearness sending chills down my spine.’
    • ‘There's no sense of a spatial void needing to be filled - no sense of that odd, claustrophobic nearness that can come from silence.’
    • ‘He points to the nearness of hiking trails and the range of activities as a hidden strength.’
    • ‘His big hand on mine, all I could concentrate on was the heat radiating from him, his nearness warming not just my flesh, but my soul.’
    • ‘But like many town centres, it has suffered because of its nearness to thriving Manchester city centre and the Trafford Centre.’
    • ‘Snow, says Kenny, is common here, despite the nearness of the coast.’
    • ‘His nearness in itself was unnerving, the warm heat radiating from his body…’
    • ‘I actually like club hopping, and the nearness of the other club in the place meant that I was back and forth between them a lot.’
    • ‘It came down within a few feet of the ground - as far down as possible, considering the nearness of the house and the limited space.’
    • ‘Defined always by the nearness of Mexico to its borders, the town of Roswell participates in this fear and fantasy.’
    • ‘As for Varanasi, the constant nearness of death seems to have affected the pace of life here.’
    • ‘The nearness of the election has worked very well for him.’
    • ‘Residents claim the location is unsuitable because of its isolation, its nearness to the Leeds-Liverpool canal and a lack of public transport.’
    • ‘Outsiders envy our nearness to the lake and the life's-a-holiday vibe, even as they see it as a distant outpost, some eastern outpost of the moon.’
    • ‘It's gotten to the stage where I'm completely engrossed and starting to regret the nearness of the final page.’
    closeness, proximity, propinquity, adjacency
    imminence, closeness, immediacy, immediateness
    consanguinity, closeness
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Pronunciation

nearness

/ˈnɪrnəs//ˈnirnəs/