Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section II. Dimensions
1. General Dimensions

197. Nearness.

   NOUN:NEARNESS &c. adj.; proximity, propinquity; vicinity, vicinage; neighborhood, adjacency, nighness [archaic], appropinquity [rare]; contiguity [See Contiguity].
  short -distance, – step, – cut; earshot, close quarters, range, stone’s throw; bowshot, gunshot, pistol shot; hair’s breadth, span.
  PURLIEUS, neighborhood, vicinage, environs, alentours [F.], suburbs, faubourg [F.], confines, banlieue [F.], borderland; whereabouts.
  BYSTANDER, spectator; neighbor or neighbour, borderer.
  APPROACH [See Approach]; convergence [See Convergence]; perihelion.
   VERB: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.
   ADJECTIVE: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.
   ADVERB: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 one’s -door, – feet, – elbow, – finger’s end, – side; on the tip of one’s tongue; under one’s nose; within a stone’s 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.