nearest approach

nearest approach

[′nir·əst ə′prōch]
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The least distance between two objects having relative motion with respect to each other.
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His parchment skin, showing dead white on his cranium through the thin wisps of dirty brown hair, seemed to be glued directly and tightly upon his big bones, Without being in any way deformed, he was the nearest approach which I have ever seen or could imagine to what is commonly understood by the word "monster.
It was the nearest approach to a friendly advance that Tarzan could make in the language of Sheeta.
The nearest approach to one that I had seen was breakfast bacon sizzling in its fat.
Rebecca," said Emma Jane, with the nearest approach to tragedy that her nature would permit, "I don't know as I shall be able to bear it, and if anything happens to me, I ask you solemnly to bury that number of The Pilot with me.
She now presented herself, with an elaborate apology, and with the nearest approach to a penitent expression of which her face was capable.
This state of feeling (to say nothing of the detective-fever) hurried me off, as soon as I had got the boot, at the nearest approach to a run which a man turned seventy can reasonably hope to make.
This is the nearest approach that any theory of mine can make towards accounting for a result which was visible matter of fact.
On the contrary, much mutual amusement, of an innocent character, may be derived from a fair and free interchange upon the subject; and this is why we, in our old age (or rather in mine), find a still unfailing topic in the story of which Eva Denison was wayward heroine and Frank Rattray the nearest approach to a hero.
This is the nearest approach that can be made to a causal law of the traditional sort.
Gurth grinned, which was his nearest approach to a laugh, as he replied, ``About the same quantity which thou hast just told over so carefully.
I wanted a genial partner for domestic business, and Agatha struck me quite suddenly as being the nearest approach to what I desired that I was likely to find in the marriage market, where it is extremely hard to suit oneself, and where the likeliest bargains are apt to be snapped up by others if one hesitates too long in the hope of finding something better.
Oh, of course you see only the Mingott side," his mother answered, in the sensitive tone that was her nearest approach to anger.