from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Nearly; almost.

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  • adv. almost, very nearly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Almost; nearly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very nigh; very nearly; almost wholly or entirely. Also written as a single word and (more properly) as two words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but


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  • Eventually, without losing a single man, this unit of the Royal Navy systematically destroyed all French fortifications, more than one hundred heavy cannon, stretching about seventy miles from San Sebasti├ín to Santander (except for the well-nigh impregnable Castro-Urdiales).

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  • This is the well-nigh inevitable result of having free trade between a country with a very low savings rate and one with a very high one like China.

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  • But the city folk constituted a new and terrible destructive force, the equilibrium was overthrown, and the poppies well-nigh perished.

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  • Next day, before you get started, he's well-nigh unmanageable.

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  • Heart-high, I say, my rapier entered Pasquini's side on the right, but it did not emerge, on the left, for, well-nigh through him, it met a rib (oh, man-killing is butcher's work!) with such a will that the forcing overbalanced him, so that he fell part backward and part sidewise to the ground.

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  • Here the dogs were well-nigh useless, and both they and the men were tried excessively by the roughness of the way.

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  • She could make a meal of sun-dried fish or a bed in the snow; yet she teased them with tantalizing details of many-course dinners, and caused strange internal dissensions to arise at the mention of various quondam dishes which they had well-nigh forgotten.

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  • "Were he perfectly black, you could sit alongside him and not see him," Lloyd said; and I confess the illustration was apt enough to make me well-nigh convinced.

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  • In this he was partially blocked, but a dozen of the ` Frisco Reds were executed, and the group was well-nigh destroyed.

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  • He was a superman, a scientific superman; and the curiosity of the world to see him had become well-nigh unbearable.



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