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A parcel of land that is surrounded by a boundary of some kind, such as a hedge or a fence. To culminate, complete, finish, or bring to an end. To seal up. To restrict to a certain class. A narrow margin, as in a close election.

A person can close a bank account; a trial may be closed after each lawyer has concluded his or her presentation in the case at bar.


1 private property, usually enclosed by a fence, hedge, or wall.
2 a courtyard or quadrangle enclosed by buildings or an entry leading to such a courtyard.
3 the entry from the street to a tenement building.

CLOSE. Signifies the interest in the soil, and not merely a close or enclosure in the common acceptation of the term. Doct. & Stud. 307 East, 207 2 Stra. 1004; 6 East, 1541 Burr. 133 1 Ch. R. 160.
     2. In every case where one man has a right to exclude another from his land, the law encircles it, if not already enclosed, with an imaginary fence; and entitles him to a compensation in damages for the injury he sustains by the act of another passing through his boundary, denominating the injurious act a breach of the enclosure. Hamm. N. P. 151; Doct. & Stud. dial. 1, c. 8, p. 30; 2 Whart. 430.
     3. An ejectment will not lie for a close. 11 Rep. 55; 1 Rolle's R. 55 Salk. 254 Cro. Eliz. 235; Adams on Eject. 24.

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'Then, as the arms approached their final size, natural selection kicked in opportunistically and put them to good use for slashing at close quarters.'
c Seeing such a charismatic individual - who won the Irish Open in 1983, 1985 and 1986 - at close quarters was like an epiphany for me.
After assessing both at close quarters, the men's eight world champion tipped Oxford to extend their recent dominance.
WATCHING the Boro training sessions at close quarters is fascinating stuff.
Taking place every Tuesday night in January, visitors will see beautiful wild swans and ducks at close quarters from the comfort of a heated observatory while the wardens provide a fascinating live commentary and answer any questions they have.
A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said six fire fighters wore breathing apparatus to get into the property to fight the blaze at close quarters.
"I now have the chance to see him at close quarters in South Africa."
After they fired their muskets, those who had them, they discarded them and charged, closing with the enemy and using their broadswords and dirks at close quarters. I doubt if any clansman had a bayonet.