BE NEAR &c. adj.; adjoin, abut, neighbor, hang about, trench on; border upon, verge upon; stand by, approximate, tread on the heels of, cling to, clasp, hug; huddle; hang upon the skirts of, hover over; burn [colloq.].
bring or draw near [See Approach]; converge [See Convergence]; crowd [See Assemblage]; place side by side &c. adv.
NEAR, nigh; close -, near- at hand; close, neighboring, vicinal, propinquent [rare]; bordering upon, contiguous, adjacent, adjoining; proximate, proximal; at hand, warm [colloq.], handy; near the mark, near run; home, intimate.
NEAR, nigh; hard by, fast by; close to, close upon; hard upon; at the point of; next door to; within -reach - call, - hearing, - earshot, - range; within an ace of; but a step, not far from, at no great distance; on the -verge, - brink, - skirts- of; in the environs &c. n.; at ones -door, - feet, - elbow, - fingers end, - side; on the tip of ones tongue; under ones nose; within a stones throw &c. n.; in sight of, in presence of; at close quarters; cheek by jowl, cheek to cheek, shoulder to shoulder; beside, alongside, side by side, tête-à-tête [F.]; in juxtaposition (touching) [See Contiguity]; yardarm to yardarm; at the heels of; on the confines of, at the threshold, bordering upon, verging to; in the way.
ABOUT; hereabout or hereabouts, thereabout or thereabouts; roughly, in round numbers; approximately, approximatively; as good as, well-nigh.