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Next, adj. 1) nearest, being at the least distance, to be arrived at in the shortest time: “the n. tree,” Tp. III, 2, 40. Mcb. V, 5, 39. “the vicar of the n. village,” As III, 3, 44. “his n. neighbour,” Wint. I, 2, 195. “in the n. room,” R3 I, 4, 161. “in the n. chamber,” H8 I, 4, 102 (== adjoining). “home, home, the n. way,” Wint. III, 3, 129. Wint. III, 3, 129 “'tis the n. way to turn tailor,” H4A III, 1, 264. “I speak the truth the n. way,” All's I, 3, 63 (in a straight-forward way, frankly, openly).
2) immediately following, having no other object of the kind intervening: “the n. advantage will we take throughly,” Tp. III, 3, 13. “the best news is . . .; the n., our ship is tight and yare,” V, 222. “the n. word that thou speakest,” Gent. III, 1, 237. “what's n.?” Gent. III, 1, 237 “the n. time we have confidence,” Wiv. I, 4, 172. “sleep the sounder all the n. day,” Meas. IV, 3, 50. “the n. morn,” V, 101. it (the fashion of his hat) “ever changes with the n. block,” Ado I, 1, 77. “at the n. turning,” II, 1, 160. “n. morning,” III, 3, 171. “upon the n. occasion,” LLL V, 2, 143. “by the n. new moon,” Mids. I, 1, 83. “the n. live creature that it sees,” II, 1, 172. “the n. thing he espies,” II, 1, 172 “who is n.?” V, 127. “at the n. turning,” Merch. II, 2, 43. “till the n. night,” V, 302. “ere the n. Ascensionday,” John IV, 2, 151. “to-morrow n. we will for Ireland,” R2 II, 1, 217. “on Wednesday n.” IV, 319. “that one day bloomed and fruitful were the n.” H6A I, 6, 7. “in the n. parliament,” II, 4, 117. “n. time,” H6B I, 2, 53. “the n. month,” I, 3, 224. II, 4, 71 etc. etc. With the indef. article: give me but this (wife) “I have, and sear up my embracements from a n. with bonds of death,” Cymb. I, 1, 116. n. day == the day after to-morrow: “to visit him to-morrow or n. day,” R3 III, 7, 60. “good morrow. Ay, and good n. day too,” Troil. III, 3, 69.
== immediately preceding: “each following day became the n. day's master, till the last made former wonders its,” H8 I, 1, 17.
Substantively: my n. is 'Most fair Pyramus', Mids. IV, 1, 206. “hail, noble prince of France! the n. is . . .,” John V, 2, 69 (cf. Lucr. 1305). “for Humphrey being dead, as he shall be, and Henry put apart, the n. for me,” H6B III, 1, 383 (== what follows, the rest). “bury him, and bury me the n.” Tit. I, 386.
3) nearest in degree or relation: “thou art the n. of blood,” Ven. 1184. H4A I, 3, 146. H6B I, 1, 151. I, 2, 63. “me from myself thy cruel eye hath taken, and my n. self thou harder hast engrossed,” Sonn. 133, 6. “who's the n. heir of Naples?” Tp. II, 1, 245. “I was the n. by birth and parentage,” H6A II, 5, 73.
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