nearest neighbors

nearest neighbors

[′nir·əst ′nā·bərz]
(crystallography)
Any pair of atoms in a crystal lattice which are as close to each other, or closer to each other, than any other pair.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Later that evening the nearest neighbors were aroused, and during that night and the following day a search was prosecuted through the wood where the spring was.
People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors." Dorothea's eyes had a moist brightness in them, and the changed tones of her voice roused her uncle, who began to listen.
Anne wondered who lived there; they would be her nearest neighbors and she hoped they would be nice.
Blind to the beauties of the expensive night-gown, he would have noticed her long upper lip, her obstinate chin, her sallow complexion, her eyes placed too close together--and would have turned his attention to her nearest neighbors. On one side his languid interest would have been instantly roused by Cecilia's glowing auburn hair, her exquisitely pure skin, and her tender blue eyes.
Then those who dwelt in Bonacieux's unfortunate house, together with the nearest neighbors, heard loud cries, stamping of feet, clashing of swords, and breaking of furniture.
Nobody could be certain that his nearest neighbor or most intimate friend was not guilty of this imaginary crime.
The real attractions of the Hollowell farm, to me, were: its complete retirement, being, about two miles from the village, half a mile from the nearest neighbor, and separated from the highway by a broad field; its bounding on the river, which the owner said protected it by its fogs from frosts in the spring, though that was nothing to me; the gray color and ruinous state of the house and barn, and the dilapidated fences, which put such an interval between me and the last occupant; the hollow and lichen-covered apple trees, nawed by rabbits, showing what kind of neighbors I should have; but above all, the recollection I had of it from my earliest voyages up the river, when the house was concealed behind a dense grove of red maples, through which I heard the house-dog bark.
If it were worth the while to settle in those parts near to the Pleiades or the Hyades, to Aldebaran or Altair, then I was really there, or at an equal remoteness from the life which I had left behind, dwindled and twinkling with as fine a ray to my nearest neighbor, and to be seen only in moonless nights by him.
He knew it would take them to the house of the Crooked Magician, whom he had never seen but who was their nearest neighbor.
The whole place might have been transplanted from some remote country village; yet there was something about it that made its nearest neighbor, the big lawn-encircled palace of a tobacco king, look exceedingly crude and showy and ill-bred by contrast.
Clausen was yelling his enthusiasm, at the top of his lungs, into the ear of his nearest neighbor.
where [N.sub.k]([x.sub.i]) is the k nearest neighbors set of [x.sub.i], and [S.sub.cr](j) is the j -th connected region, and |*| represents a function to get the number of the elements in the set.