One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To close beyond a certain limit, angle, or alignment. Cf overclosure. Also without object rare.
2with object Astronomy. Of cosmological models and physical theories, or assumptions affecting them: to cause (the modelled universe) to have a greater mass than is estimated to be contained in it in reality or that can be reconciled with its observed expansion.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From over- + close.
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