close

Close \Close\ (kl[=o]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Closed} (kl[=o]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Closing}.] [From OF. & F. clos, p. p. of clore to close, fr. L. claudere; akin to G. schliessen to shut, and to E. clot, cloister, clavicle, conclude, sluice. Cf. {Clause}, n.] 1. To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door. [1913 Webster] 2. To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; -- often used with up. [1913 Webster] 3. To bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to close a course of instruction. [1913 Webster] One frugal supper did our studies close. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine. [1913 Webster] The depth closed me round about. --Jonah ii. 5. [1913 Webster] But now thou dost thyself immure and close In some one corner of a feeble heart. --Herbert. [1913 Webster] {A closed sea}, a sea within the jurisdiction of some particular nation, which controls its navigation. [1913 Webster]