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[neer-point] /ˈnɪərˌpɔɪnt/
noun, Ophthalmology.
the point nearest the eye at which an object is clearly focused on the retina when accommodation of the eye is at a maximum.
Compare far-point.
Origin of near-point
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The scene, regarded from a near point of view, was frightful.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • Get around there, said Blanche, waving back to the near point.

  • near point Acland several snow huts and a number of natives were met with on the 30th of April (p. 396).

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • near point Possession were found two nests of extraordinary magnitude.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • It is low and very sandy, but rises gradually to a level country of the same description as that near point Riley.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • When we were near point Icacos we saw a school of whales, but, not having the whale-boat or gun ready, we did not go in chase.

  • But the people who gather round and look on from a near point of view are very grave, and mean the affair to be so.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • They were all big men—the finest we saw anywhere excepting the two near point Massie, and most of them had a marked Jewish look.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • The travellers reached the head of the valley, and examined from a near point the enormous dome.

    Some Heroes of Travel W. H. Davenport Adams
  • Around the near point of land, a quarter of a mile away and skirting the reef, a long black canoe paddled into sight.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for near point

near point

(optics) the nearest point to the eye at which an object remains in focus
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near point in Medicine

near point n.
The nearest point of distinct vision.

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