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close +‎ -ness

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closeness (usually uncountable, plural closenesses)

  1. The state of being physically close
  2. The state of being friends
  3. The state of being mean or stingy
  4. The state of being secretive
  5. (mathematics) The shortest path between two vertices in a graph
  6. (archaic) Solitude, seclusion
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2
      I thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated / To closeness and the bettering of my mind [...]

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