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close    : [kl'os] [kl'oz]
Close \Close\, v. i.
1. To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a
wound, or parts separated.
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What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?
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2. To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate
closed at six o'clock.
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3. To grapple; to engage in hand-to-hand fight.
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They boldly closed in a hand-to-hand contest.
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{To close on} or {To close upon}, to come to a mutual
agreement; to agree on or join in. "Would induce France
and Holland to close upon some measures between them to
our disadvantage." --Sir W. Temple.

{To close with}.
(a) To accede to; to consent or agree to; as, to close
with the terms proposed.
(b) To make an agreement with.

{To close with the land} (Naut.), to approach the land.
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Close \Close\ (kl[=o]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Closed}
(kl[=o]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Closing}.] [From OF. & F. clos,
p. p. of clore to close, fr. L. claudere; akin to G.
schliessen to shut, and to E. clot, cloister, clavicle,
conclude, sluice. Cf. {Clause}, n.]
1. To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close
the eyes; to close a door.
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2. To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to
close the ranks of an army; -- often used with up.
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3. To bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to
finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to
close a course of instruction.
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One frugal supper did our studies close. --Dryden.
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4. To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to
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The depth closed me round about. --Jonah ii. 5.
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But now thou dost thyself immure and close
In some one corner of a feeble heart. --Herbert.
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{A closed sea}, a sea within the jurisdiction of some
particular nation, which controls its navigation.
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Close \Close\, n.
1. The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
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The doors of plank were; their close exquisite.
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2. Conclusion; cessation; ending; end.
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His long and troubled life was drawing to a close.
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3. A grapple in wrestling. --Bacon.
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4. (Mus.)
(a) The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
(b) A double bar marking the end.
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At every close she made, the attending throng
Replied, and bore the burden of the song.

Syn: Conclusion; termination; cessation; end; ending;
extremity; extreme.
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Close \Close\ (kl[=o]s), a. [Compar. {Closer} (kl[=o]"s[~e]r);
superl. {Closest}.] [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See
{Close}, v. t.]
1. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.
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From a close bower this dainty music flowed.
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2. Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters. "A
close prison." --Dickens.
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3. Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a
feeling of lassitude; -- said of the air, weather, etc.
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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.
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4. Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close
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5. Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden. "He
yet kept himself close because of Saul." --1 Chron. xii. 1
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"Her close intent." --Spenser.
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6. Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent. "For
secrecy, no lady closer." --Shak.
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7. Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact;
as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as
applied to liquids.
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The golden globe being put into a press, . . . the
water made itself way through the pores of that very
close metal. --Locke.
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8. Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning. "Where the
original is close no version can reach it in the same
compass." --Dryden.
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9. Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; --
often followed by to.
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Plant the spring crocuses close to a wall.
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The thought of the Man of sorrows seemed a very
close thing -- not a faint hearsay. --G. Eliot.
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10. Short; as, to cut grass or hair close.
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11. Intimate; familiar; confidential.
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League with you I seek
And mutual amity, so strait, so close,
That I with you must dwell, or you with me.
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12. Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote.
"A close contest." --Prescott.
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13. Difficult to obtain; as, money is close. --Bartlett.
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14. Parsimonious; stingy. "A crusty old fellow, as close as a
vise." --Hawthorne.
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15. Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact;
strict; as, a close translation. --Locke.
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16. Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating;
strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.
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17. (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.
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{Close borough}. See under {Borough}.

{Close breeding}. See under {Breeding}.

{Close communion}, communion in the Lord's supper, restricted
to those who have received baptism by immersion.

{Close corporation}, a body or corporation which fills its
own vacancies.

{Close fertilization}. (Bot.) See {Fertilization}.

{Close harmony} (Mus.), compact harmony, in which the tones
composing each chord are not widely distributed over
several octaves.

{Close time}, a fixed period during which killing game or
catching certain fish is prohibited by law.

{Close vowel} (Pron.), a vowel which is pronounced with a
diminished aperture of the lips, or with contraction of
the cavity of the mouth.

{Close to the wind} (Naut.), directed as nearly to the point
from which the wind blows as it is possible to sail;
closehauled; -- said of a vessel.
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Close \Close\ (? or ?), n. [OF. & F. clos an inclosure, fr.
clos, p. p. of clore. See {Close}, v. t.]
1. 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.
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Closes surrounded by the venerable abodes of deans
and canons. --Macaulay.
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2. A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the
houses within. [Eng.] --Halliwell
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3. (Law) The interest which one may have in a piece of
ground, even though it is not inclosed. --Bouvier.
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Close \Close\ (kl[=o]s), adv.
1. In a close manner.
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2. Secretly; darkly. [Obs.]
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A wondrous vision which did close imply
The course of all her fortune and posterity.
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adv 1: 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" [synonym: {near}, {nigh}, {close}]
2: in an attentive manner; "he remained close on his guard"
[synonym: {close}, {closely}, {tight}]
adj 1: 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" [ant:
2: close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are
all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close
resemblance" [ant: {distant}, {remote}]
3: 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" [synonym: {near},
{close}, {nigh}] [ant: {far}]
4: rigorously attentive; strict and thorough; "close
supervision"; "paid close attention"; "a close study"; "kept
a close watch on expenditures"
5: marked by fidelity to an original; "a close translation"; "a
faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the
observed facts" [synonym: {close}, {faithful}]
6: (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close
contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game" [synonym: {close},
7: crowded; "close quarters" [synonym: {close}, {confining}]
8: lacking fresh air; "a dusty airless attic"; "the dreadfully
close atmosphere"; "hot and stuffy and the air was blue with
smoke" [synonym: {airless}, {close}, {stuffy}, {unaired}]
9: of textiles; "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very
tight weave" [synonym: {close}, {tight}]
10: strictly confined or guarded; "kept under close custody"
11: confined to specific persons; "a close secret"
12: fitting closely but comfortably; "a close fit" [synonym:
{close}, {snug}, {close-fitting}]
13: used of hair or haircuts; "a close military haircut"
14: giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing
administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a
penny-pinching miserly old man" [synonym: {cheeseparing},
{close}, {near}, {penny-pinching}, {skinny}]
15: inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging
information; "although they knew her whereabouts her friends
kept close about it" [synonym: {close}, {closelipped},
{closemouthed}, {secretive}, {tightlipped}]
n 1: the temporal end; the concluding time; "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" [synonym: {stopping point}, {finale}, {finis},
{finish}, {last}, {conclusion}, {close}]
2: the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to
say..." [synonym: {conclusion}, {end}, {close}, {closing},
3: the concluding part of any performance [synonym: {finale},
{close}, {closing curtain}, {finis}]
v 1: move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make
shut; "Close the door"; "shut the window" [synonym: {close},
{shut}] [ant: {open}, {open up}]
2: become closed; "The windows closed with a loud bang" [synonym:
{close}, {shut}] [ant: {open}, {open up}]
3: cease to operate or cause to cease operating; "The owners
decided to move and to close the factory"; "My business
closes every night at 8 P.M."; "close up the shop" [synonym:
{close up}, {close}, {fold}, {shut down}, {close down}] [ant:
{open}, {open up}]
4: finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.); "The meeting
was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board" [ant:
5: come to a close; "The concert closed with a nocturne by
Chopin" [synonym: {conclude}, {close}]
6: complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; "We
closed on the house on Friday"; "They closed the deal on the
7: be priced or listed when trading stops; "The stock market
closed high this Friday"; "My new stocks closed at $59 last
8: engage at close quarters; "close with the enemy"
9: cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer
desktop [ant: {open}]
10: change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and
foot are closer to the intended point of impact
11: come together, as if in an embrace; "Her arms closed around
her long lost relative" [synonym: {close}, {come together}]
12: draw near; "The probe closed with the space station"
13: bring together all the elements or parts of; "Management
closed ranks"
14: bar access to; "Due to the accident, the road had to be
closed for several hours"
15: fill or stop up; "Can you close the cracks with caulking?"
[synonym: {close}, {fill up}]
16: unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of;
"close the circuit"; "close a wound"; "close a book"; "close
up an umbrella" [synonym: {close up}, {close}]
17: finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead; "The relief
pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"

904 Moby Thesaurus words for "close":
Autobahn, Spartan, US highway, abandonment, abbreviated, abort,
about, about to be, abridged, abstruse, accented, accommodate,
accost, accurate, adjacent, adjust, advance, agree, airless,
airtight, alert, all but, alley, alleyway, almost, along toward,
alongside, already in sight, alveolar, angustifoliate,
angustirostrate, angustisellate, angustiseptal, apical,
apico-alveolar, apico-dental, aposiopestic, approach, approaching,
appropinquate, approximate, approximately, approximating,
approximative, arcane, arena, arm-in-arm, around, arrange,
arterial, arterial highway, arterial street, artery, articulated,
as good as, assiduous, assimilated, at close quarters, at hand,
attached, attentive, autistic, autoroute, autostrada, avaricious,
avenue, back, bang, bar, barricade, barytone, bashful, batten,
batten down, battle, bear down on, bear down upon, bear up,
beclouded, belt highway, bilabial, blind, blind alley, block,
block up, blockade, bolt, bonded, boulevard, box, brawl, breakoff,
breathless, breezeless, brewing, brief, bristling, broad, broil,
brusque, buddy-buddy, buried, burning, button, button up, bypass,
byway, cabalistic, cacuminal, camino real, careful, carriageway,
causeway, causey, cease, ceasing, cemented, censored, center,
central, centralize, cerebral, cessation, chaussee, cheap, checked,
cheek-by-jowl, chock, choke, choke off, cincture, circumferential,
circumscribed, clap, clash, classified, climax, clinch, clipped,
clos, close, close about, close at hand, close by, close down,
close in, close off, close tight, close up, close with,
close-fitting, close-knit, close-lipped, close-textured,
close-tongued, close-woven, closed, closefisted, closely,
closemouthed, closing, clouded, collide, combat, come, come closer,
come forward, come near, come on, come to blows, come together,
come up, coming, compact, compacted, compactly, comparable,
compass, compass about, compendious, complete, completing,
completion, compose, compressed, concealed, concenter,
concentralize, concentrate, concentrated, concise, conclude,
conclusion, concrete, condensed, confidential, confine, confined,
confining, confront, congested, connect, conscientious,
consolidated, consonant, consonantal, constant, constrict,
constricted, contain, container, contend, contest, continuant,
contract, contracted, converge, coop, corduroy road, correct,
county road, court, courtyard, cover, covered, covert, crammed,
crammed full, cramp, cramped, crawling, crescent, crisp, critical,
croft, crowd, crowded, cryptic, cul-de-sac, culmination, curt,
curtilage, cut, cut and thrust, dark, dead-end street, debar,
decline, delicate, delimited field, demanding, dense, densely,
dental, desinence, desistance, detailed, determine, devoted, dike,
direct, dirt road, discontinuance, discontinuation, discontinue,
discreet, disregard, dissimilated, dissociable, docked, dog,
dorsal, draw near, draw nigh, drive, driveway, duel, dumb,
dustproof, dusttight, eclipsed, economical of words, elliptic,
embay, embosom, embrace, enclasp, enclave, enclose, enclosure,
encompass, encounter, end, ending, enfold, enigmatic, envelop,
environ, enwrap, epigrammatic, esoteric, establish, evasive, even,
exact, exacting, exchange blows, exigent, express, expressway,
exquisite, faithful, fall in with, familiar, fast, fast by, fasten,
fastened, fence, feud, field, fight, fight a duel, fine, finical,
finicking, finicky, finish, finish up, finishing, firm, firmly,
fix, fixed, flat, fold, fold up, forthcoming, forty, freeway,
front, full, full development, funnel, fussy, fusty, future,
gain upon, gasproof, gastight, gathering, give and take,
give satisfaction, glide, glossal, glottal, glued, gluey, gnomic,
go around, go round, going to happen, grapple, grapple with,
gravel road, ground, guarded, guttural, hand and glove,
hand-in-hand, hard, hard by, hardfisted, heavily, heavy, hereabout,
hereabouts, hermetic, hermetically sealed, hid, hidden, high,
highroad, highway, highways and byways, homestretch, homologous,
hot, humid, hush-hush, ignore, ill-ventilated, illiberal,
immediate, imminent, impendent, impending, impenetrable,
impermeable, in a cloud, in a fog, in danger imminent, in eclipse,
in prospect, in purdah, in reserve, in spitting distance, in store,
in the cards, in the neighborhood, in the offing, in the vicinity,
in the wind, in the wings, in view, incapacious, incommodious,
incommunicado, incompatible, indisposed to talk, inerrable,
inerrant, infallible, inseparable, insociable, instant, intense,
intent, intersect, interstate highway, intimate, intonated, invest,
involve, isthmian, isthmic, jam, jam-packed, jammed, join, jostle,
joust, just about, key, kill, kraal, labial, labiodental,
labiovelar, laconic, lane, lap, lapse, last lap, last round,
last stage, latch, latent, lateral, lax, light, lightproof,
lighttight, like, limited, lingual, liquid, list, local road, lock,
lock out, lock up, looming, lot, low, lowering, lurking, main drag,
main road, make, make up, massive, mathematical, maturation,
maturity, meager, mean, meet, menacing, meticulous, mews,
micrometrically precise, microscopic, mid, mingy, minuscule,
minute, miserly, mix it up, monophthongal, mopey, mopish, morose,
motorway, much at one, much the same, muggy, mum, musty, mute,
muted, mysterious, narrow, narrow the gap, nasal, nasalized, near,
near at hand, near the mark, nearabout, nearabouts, nearby,
nearing, nearish, nearly, nearly the same, nice, niggardly, nigh,
nigh about, nighhand, nighish, nip, nongregarious, nonporous,
not far, not far from, not quite, obfuscated, obscure, obscured,
obstruct, obturate, occlude, occlusive, occult, oilproof, oiltight,
on the horizon, only a step, open, oppressive, overhanging,
overlook, oxytone, pack, packed, padlock, painstaking, palatal,
palatalized, pale, paling, pally, palsy-walsy, parcel of land,
park, parkway, parsimonious, particular, patch, pave, paved road,
pen, penny-pinching, penurious, perfection, perorate, pharyngeal,
pharyngealized, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pike, pinch,
pinchfisted, pinching, pinpoint, pitch, pitched, pithy, place,
plank road, plat, plot, plot of ground, plumb, pointed, populous,
posttonic, practically, precise, precisianistic, precisionistic,
preparing, pretty near, primary highway, private, private road,
privy, propinque, proximal, proximate, pruned, punctilious,
punctual, quad, quadrangle, quarrel, quasi, quiet, rainproof,
raintight, rassle, real estate, recondite, refined, relatable,
religious, religiously exact, relinquishment, renunciation,
reserved, resolve, restricted, reticent, retroflex, right-of-way,
rigid, rigorous, ring road, riot, ripeness, road, roadbed, roadway,
round, round about, rounded, rounding off, rounding out,
route nationale, row, royal road, run a tilt, run together,
same but different, save-all, scant, scanty, scientific,
scientifically exact, scramble, scrap, scratch, scrupulous,
scrutinizing, scuffle, seal, seal off, seal up, sealed, searching,
secluded, secluse, secondary road, secret, secretive, section,
secure, self-contained, self-sufficient, semivowel, sententious,
sequestered, serried, set, settle, settle with, severe, shifty,
short, short and sweet, shortened, shut, shut down, shut fast,
shut off, shut out, shut the door, shut tight, shut up,
shut up shop, shutdown, side-by-side, sidle up to, sign, silent,
similar, skirmish, slam, slender, smokeproof, smoketight,
smothered, snap, snug, socially incompatible, soft, solid, solidly,
sonant, spar, sparing of words, speechless, speedway, square,
squeeze, squeeze shut, stale, state highway, staunch, step up,
sticky, stifle, stifled, stifling, stingy, stop, stop up, stopped,
stopping, stormproof, stormtight, straighten out, strait, strangle,
strangulate, street, stressed, strict, strive, strong, struggle,
stuck, stuffy, substantial, subtle, succinct, suffocate,
suffocating, sullen, sultry, summary, superhighway, suppressed,
surcease, surd, surround, suspend, swarming, switch off, syllabic,
synopsized, taciturn, taped, taper, teeming, tense, terminate,
termination, terminus, terrace, terse, that will be, theater,
thereabout, thereabouts, thick, thick as thieves, thick-growing,
thickly, thickset, thorough, thoroughfare, threatening, throaty,
through street, thrust and parry, thruway, tight, tight-fisted,
tight-lipped, tightfisted, tilt, tiny, to come, to the point, toft,
toll road, tonal, tongue-tied, tonic, top secret, topping off,
tourney, township road, tract, truncated, turn off, turnpike,
tussle, twangy, ulterior, unaccented, unbreatheable, unclubbable,
uncommunicative, uncompanionable, uncongenial, under an eclipse,
under cover, under house arrest, under security, under wraps,
underground, undeviating, undisclosable, undisclosed, undivulgable,
undivulged, unerring, unfriendly, ungenerous, ungenial, unite,
unknown, unloquacious, unrevealable, unrevealed, unrounded,
unsociable, unsocial, unspoken, unstressed, untalkative,
untellable, untold, unutterable, unvented, unventilated,
unwhisperable, upcoming, velar, vicinal, viscid, viscose, viscous,
vocalic, vocoid, voiced, voiceless, vowel, vowellike, wage war,
waiting, war, warm, water-repellant, waterproof, watertight, weak,
wedged, well-nigh, wide, wind up, windless, windproof, windtight,
windup, within call, within earshot, within hearing, within reach,
word-bound, wordless, work out, wrap, wrapped in clouds, wrestle,
wynd, yard, zip up, zipper

CLOSE. Signifies the interest in the soil, and not merely a close or
enclosure in the common acceptation of the term. Doct. & Stud. 307 East, 207
2 Stra. 1004; 6 East, 1541 Burr. 133 1 Ch. R. 160.
2. In every case where one man has a right to exclude another from his
land, the law encircles it, if not already enclosed, with an imaginary
fence; and entitles him to a compensation in damages for the injury he
sustains by the act of another passing through his boundary, denominating
the injurious act a breach of the enclosure. Hamm. N. P. 151; Doct. & Stud.
dial. 1, c. 8, p. 30; 2 Whart. 430.
3. An ejectment will not lie for a close. 11 Rep. 55; 1 Rolle's R. 55
Salk. 254 Cro. Eliz. 235; Adams on Eject. 24.

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