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NIGH, a. [G. A preposition signifying to, on or after, that is, approaching, pressing on, making towards; strait, narrow.]

1. Near; not distant or remote in place or time.

The loud tumult shows the battle nigh.

When the fig-tree putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.

2. Closely allied by blood; as a nigh kinsman.

3. Easy to be obtained or learnt; of easy access.

The word is very nigh unto thee. Deuteronomy 30.

4. Ready to support, to forgive, or to aid and defend.

The Lord is nigh unto them who are of a broken heart. Psalm 34.

5. Close in fellowship; intimate in relation.

Ye are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2.

6. Near in progress or condition. Hebrews 6.

NIGH, adv. ni.

1. Near; at a small distance in place or time, or in the course of events.

He was sick, nigh to death. Philippians 2.

2. Near to a place.

He drew nigh.

3. Almost; near. He was nigh dead.

Nigh is never a preposition. In the phrase, nigh this recess, with terror they survey, there is an ellipsis of to. They, nigh to this recess, survey, &c.

NIGH, v.i. ni. To approach; to advance or draw near. [Not used.]




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NIGH, a. [G. A preposition signifying to, on or after, that is, approaching, pressing on, making towards; strait, narrow.]

1. Near; not distant or remote in place or time.

The loud tumult shows the battle nigh.

When the fig-tree putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.

2. Closely allied by blood; as a nigh kinsman.

3. Easy to be obtained or learnt; of easy access.

The word is very nigh unto thee. Deuteronomy 30.

4. Ready to support, to forgive, or to aid and defend.

The Lord is nigh unto them who are of a broken heart. Psalm 34.

5. Close in fellowship; intimate in relation.

Ye are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2.

6. Near in progress or condition. Hebrews 6.

NIGH, adv. ni.

1. Near; at a small distance in place or time, or in the course of events.

He was sick, nigh to death. Philippians 2.

2. Near to a place.

He drew nigh.

3. Almost; near. He was nigh dead.

Nigh is never a preposition. In the phrase, nigh this recess, with terror they survey, there is an ellipsis of to. They, nigh to this recess, survey, &c.

NIGH, v.i. ni. To approach; to advance or draw near. [Not used.]


NIGH, a. [ni; Sax. neah, neahg, neh, for nig; G. nahe, nigh. This is the G. nach, D. na, a preposition signifying to, on or after, that is, approaching, pressing on, making toward; D. naaken, to approach; W. nig, strait, narrow.]

  1. Near; not distant or remote in place or time. The loud tumult shows the battle nigh. Prior. When the fig-tree putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. Matth. xxiv.
  2. Closely allied by blood; as, a nigh kinsman. Knolles.
  3. Easy to be obtained or learnt; of easy access. The word is very nigh to thee. Deut. xxx.
  4. Ready to support, to forgive, or to aid and defend. The Lord is nigh to them who are of a broken heart. Ps. xxxiv.
  5. Close in fellowship; intimate in relation. Ye are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Eph. ii.
  6. Near in progress or condition. Heb. vi.

NIGH, adv. [ni.]

  1. Near; at a small distance in place or time, or in the course of events. He was sick, nigh to death. Phil. ii.
  2. Near to a place. He drew nigh. Milton.
  3. Almost; near. He was nigh dead. Nigh is never a preposition. In the phrase, “nigh this recent, with terror they survey,” there is an ellipsis of to. They nigh to this recess, survey, &c.

NIGH, v.i. [ni.]

To approach; to advance or draw near. [Not used.] Hubberd.


Nigh
  1. Not distant or remote in place or time; near.

    The loud tumult shows the battle nigh. Prior.

  2. In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near.

    He was sick, nigh unto death. Phil. ii. 27.

    He drew not nigh unheard; the angel bright,
    Ere he drew nigh, his radiant visage turned.
    Milton.

  3. To draw nigh (to)] to approach; to come near.

    [Obs.] Wyclif (Matt. iii. 2).
  4. Near to; not remote or distant from.

    "was not this nigh shore?" Shak.
  5. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.

    "Nigh kinsmen." Knolles.

    Ye . . . are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Eph. ii. 13.

    Syn. -- Near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.

  6. Almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead.
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Nigh

NIGH, adjective [G. A preposition signifying to, on or after, that is, approaching, pressing on, making towards; strait, narrow.]

1. Near; not distant or remote in place or time.

The loud tumult shows the battle nigh

When the fig-tree putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh

2. Closely allied by blood; as a nigh kinsman.

3. Easy to be obtained or learnt; of easy access.

The word is very nigh unto thee. Deuteronomy 30:14.

4. Ready to support, to forgive, or to aid and defend.

The Lord is nigh unto them who are of a broken heart. Psalms 34:18.

5. Close in fellowship; intimate in relation.

Ye are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13.

6. Near in progress or condition. Hebrews 6:8.

NIGH, adverb ni.

1. Near; at a small distance in place or time, or in the course of events.

He was sick, nigh to death. Philippians 2:27.

2. Near to a place.

He drew nigh

3. Almost; near. He was nigh dead.

NIGH is never a preposition. In the phrase, nigh this recess, with terror they survey, there is an ellipsis of to. They, nigh to this recess, survey, etc.

NIGH, verb intransitive ni. To approach; to advance or draw near. [Not used.]

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