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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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By (ii) and (iii), we have that S = DC [subset or equal to] C*C, which implies that S is closable.
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Here, for a closable operator T, [bar.T] denotes the closure of T.
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The Colorado Department of Revenue, the first governing body to work through the hard issues surrounding the safe distribution of MMJ, has well-defined regulations that specifies child-resistant packaging needs to be, “(a) designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open… (b) opaque so that the product cannot be seen through the outside packaging; (c) closable for any product intended for more than a single use or containing multiple servings, and (d) labeled properly as required by the R 1000 series.”
Furthermore, since the analysis operators happen to be unbounded, we restrict ourselves to closable operators for a minimal controllability on the process.
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These must be disposed as soon as feasible in hard walled leak proof contain-ers that are closable. The containers must bear a biohazard label.
The biohazard-safety container is designed for easy use by both right-and left-handers, with an interlocking top and closable flaps.
These can be built adjacent to but physically separated from the mainline tunnel except for closable doors or supplied positive mechanical ventilation.
If T is not closed but there exists a T' [contains] T such that T' is closed, then T is called closable. Any closable operator T has a minimal closed extension [bar.T], which is called its closure ([1], section 38).