Proximity, like familiarity, "breeds contempt;" and the proper cure for the illusions of distance is nearness.
Then his eyes rested on Meryl, and all his pulses throbbed with her nearness.
But they were powerful swimmers, and, but for the nearness of the rapids, they could have afforded to laugh at their mishap.
Perhaps she was thinking of her nearness to death in the inlet.
This romantic panorama makes you quite oblivious of the nearness of the noisy, bustling Kaiserstadt.
For the moment she forgot all fears in his nearness and the sweet pressure of his hand.
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.
Which demonstrates the ever nearness of pathos to humour, of the absurd to the pathetic.
It gave her enormous satisfaction at once to think of danger and to feel so safe because of his nearness.
He was filled with happiness at his nearness to the Emperor.
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.