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Etymology 1[edit]




  1. comparative form of close: more close
    • 1976, Sidney L. Greenblatt, editor, The People of Taihang[1], White Plains, NY: International Arts and Sciences Press, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 168:
      In the spring of 1938 the Japanese imperialists invaded Yü-tz'u and T'ai-ku in Shansi. Everyone was in panic as the flames of war came closer and closer to Hsiang-yüan hsien.
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, […].
  2. Within a shorter distance.
    Come closer, my dear.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English closere, equivalent to close (verb) +‎ -er.



closer (plural closers)

  1. Someone or something that closes.
    In our organization, the VP of Sales usually acts as the closer.
  2. Someone or something that concludes.
    The DJ chose a fantastic track as his closer at the end of the night.
  3. (sales) Synonym of close (the point at the end of a sales pitch when the consumer is asked to buy)
  4. The last stone in a horizontal course, if smaller than the others; a piece of brick finishing a course.
    • 1852, Notes on Building and Road-making:
      The longitudinal bond of the walls is only 24 inches, or one fourth of the length of a brick of 9 inches, and is obtained by introducing closers 24 inches broad
  5. (baseball) A relief pitcher who specializes in getting the last three outs of the game. See Wikipedia:closer (baseball)
    They brought their closer in for the ninth.
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