almost equal in extent, magnitude, or scope; almost identical in attributes or qualities
The field has near-equal earnings for men and women.
a person or thing having almost all the attributes or qualities of another; something almost the same in measure as another
The two football teams are near-equals.
A comet or asteroid with an orbit or trajectory that comes near Earth's orbit, often drawn into such a path by the gravitational effect of the Earth and other planets. While there is currently no known near-Earth object on a collision course with Earth, collisions with such objects have taken place in the past and may be associated with mass extinctions such as those that took place at the end of the Permian and Cretaceous Periods.