Proximity, like familiarity, "breeds contempt;" and the proper cure for the illusions of distance is nearness.
At first it seemed to Sidney that she could not stand this nearness to death.
But they were powerful swimmers, and, but for the nearness of the rapids, they could have afforded to laugh at their mishap.
Carlotta's nearness was having its calculated effect on Max Wilson.
This romantic panorama makes you quite oblivious of the nearness of the noisy, bustling Kaiserstadt.
The nearness of God is given to him who makes it his first object.
I shall not hear any word from your lips, but I shall have a deeper sense of your nearness to me than speech can give.
And he felt a strange, sudden nearness to her that was no nearness of body.
It gave her enormous satisfaction at once to think of danger and to feel so safe because of his nearness.
But Giovanni did not lose his hold; hate and the nearness of revenge made him strong.
Old English near "closer, nearer," comparative of neah, neh"nigh." Influenced by Old Norse naer "near," it came to be used as a positive form mid-13c., and new comparative nearer developed 1500s (see nigh). As an adjective from c.1300. Originally an adverb but now supplanted in most such senses by nearly; it has in turn supplanted correct nigh as an adjective. Related: Nearness. In near and dear (1620s) it refers to nearness of kinship. Near East first attested 1891, in Kipling. Near beer "low-alcoholic brew" is from 1908.
"to draw near," 1510s, from near (adv.). Related: Neared; nearing.