all but; almost:
nearly dead with cold.
with close approximation:
a nearly perfect likeness.
with close agreement or resemblance:
a plan nearly like our own.
with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately:
nearly associated in business; two women nearly related.
not quite; almost; practically
nowhere near; not at all:
not nearly enough money
the person most nearly concerned
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Put into a preserving kettle, and add enough water to nearly cover.
Lobsters taste nearly the same when placed in dripping-pan and baked fifteen minutes in hot oven, and are much easier cooked.
Where the second or third stands alone, it is nearly always wrong.
Add one and three-fourths cups tomatoes, and cook until moisture has nearly evaporated.
Fruit and vegetables should be fresh, free from decay, and as nearly uniform in shape and state of ripeness as is possible.
We had made nearly sixteen kilometres in a direction slightly east of north.
They were nearly all of them forms related to the newts of to-day, and some of them attained a considerable size.
Each is directed across the crus of the diaphragm, so as to form nearly a right angle with the aorta.
The nerves which form it are nearly equal in size, but their mode of communication is subject to some variation.
Over our lifetime nearly one half of us suffer from such disorders.
Scientific inquiry has focused on the utility of the diminutive arms of tyrannosaurs for nearly a century.
The disease, caused by the plasmodium parasite, infects hundreds of millions of people annually and kills nearly a million.
Nearly two years ago the plants were shut down, and an experiment began to unfold.
Nearly four months into his term, the new president is finding that keeping both parties happy at once may be impossible.
Nearly half a million foreign fans visited the country, many for the first time, to watch the tournament.
Data centres are essential to nearly every industry and have become as vital to the functioning of society as power stations are.
As a result, coal that is nearly the world's cheapest when dug up is nearly the priciest when it reaches a furnace.
Surrounded by lesser figures, the striking specter nearly eight feet tall shimmers on the canyon wall under the relentless sun.
Dead leaves drift on the green, cloudy water that's nearly to the brim of the six-million-gallon open concrete reservoir.
Nevertheless, it was nearly destroyed by fire and bombardment, and was a ghost town by war's end.
The possibilities for soda-flavored cakes are nearly endless.
Now that nearly everyone has been nearly everywhere, it might be thought that travel writers have lost their purpose.
The birds bumped their heads nearly three times more often than birds with the use of their feeler feathers.
Unless you've been living in a cave, you probably haven't run across this new species of poisonous, nearly blind pseudoscorpion.
Human activities impact nearly all parts of the ocean.
At its top, the temperature has risen back nearly to freezing.
Nearly a century into conservation efforts, whoopers have taken a big step back from the edge.
The bird's eyes are heavily mantled, and its feathers have been ruffled by the alcohol that nearly fills the bottle.
White blooms or silvery foliage in white or nearly white containers also bring that frosty ambience into your garden.
Nearly every plant listed in this illustrated guide comes with suggestions for landscape use.
They grow nearly everywhere, and you can pick them for hours.
But then your khaki-clad camping butler meets you nearly halfway.
Pete nearly has a breakdown trying to decide, but finally settles on apple.
Cut back some branches by one-third, others by two-thirds, and the remainder nearly all the way.
Carefully cut to fit baskets, they make nearly seamless liners.
If built properly, a rock wall will last nearly an eternity.
Nearly every outer leaf makes its own flower, so the bigger the plant, the heavier the bloom.
Today it seems nearly as unspoiled as it was many years ago.
Nearly all have small bases that make you start asking questions about balance-first in the piece, then in art, then in life.
Your summer ice cream pie possibilities are nearly infinite.
Such a combination makes some students nearly unteachable.
Call me impatient, but the last two months of my job search seem to replay nearly the same scenario over and over again.
The political path to approving the advisory panel's report is nearly as complex as the proposals and fraught with uncertainty.
Luckily, this incredibly nutritious and juicy green is a weed, which means it pops up wild nearly everywhere.
And what they've found is that nearly everything humans think they understand about taste is wrong.
When you tried to pick them up with your chopsticks, they wriggled up them nearly to your knuckle.
These new wines, nearly all of them made by established wineries, are sold for high prices in double-thick bottles.
It's nearly impossible to deduce how his previous experiences shaped his current thinking and politics.
And in many college lecture halls, nearly every student will come ready with a laptop or tablet.
They make near-subsistence farming nearly impossible.
Humans can outrun nearly every other animal on the planet over long distances.
As the universe expands and cools, tiny bubbles of this new kind of vacuum might appear and spread at nearly the speed of light.
The culprit in nearly all cases of syncope is an interruption in blood flow to the brain.
Nearly every piece of technology is furious hand-waving.
New technology can make your mail, music, and photos nearly indestructible.
They spent nearly a million dollars to win that seat.
More important, they also make it nearly impossible for an auto manufacturer to simply shut down a dealership.
The global livestock industry is responsible for nearly twenty per cent of humanity's greenhouse-gas emissions.
Discipline was weak, gang ties intensified, and in five years a student body of eleven hundred shrank by nearly half.
She claimed that he had knocked her over, and won the yuan equivalent of nearly seven thousand dollars.
There has been some success in making ones are nearly transparent.
It is more nearly radiation free than a mix of deuterium and what ever else.
The user can click on a nearly right image and ask to see similar pictures, repeating the process until the perfect image appears.
Everyone there, from the teachers to the volunteer monitors, seemed nearly feverish in their involvement.
Over sixteen years and numerous iterations, nearly six million were sold.
The hottest way to outfit nearly every room in your home is by scouring for treasures at dollar stores.
The tight connection between college degrees and economic success may be a nearly unquestioned part of our social order.
Nearly all amplifiers commercially available today are based on integrated circuits.
Nearly all valves are built with some means of connection at the ports.
The adjoining table is a nearly exhaustive list of these spelling changes.
Uncle is nearly asleep when he feels the bugs walking on his nose.
He nearly ruined the property and completely destroyed the pride of the city.
Nearly everywhere he traveled, he encountered his books and fans, and was warmly greeted.
Nearly every line of it provokes thought, but the incidents in many cases are untrue.
Nearly forty people are compelled to commute to farther workplaces.
Nearly two years were to elapse before these two routes came into being.
He nearly follows her to death to be with her when she is fatally injured.
Nearly the size of a small pony, he is in fact a descendant of the dire wolves.
Nearly every home had its own windmill, although a few families hauled water.
Nearly all beer includes barley malt as the majority of the starch.
After nearly five years of discussion and collaboration, these guidelines were published.
Nearly all species of cacti have a bitter sometimes milky sap contained within them.
Nearly all calendar systems group consecutive days into months and also into years.
Like nearly all materials, metals are less dense as a liquid than a solid.
Like nearly all members of family felidae, cats have retractable claws.
If you nearly fell off your chair, it was because you were very surprised.
It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from yellow topaz visibly.
Their onstage kiss nearly caused a riot, which the police were called in to suppress.
Nearly everything has to be provided with at minimum a drawing including a few locators.