AskDefine | Define closeness

Dictionary Definition



1 a feeling of being intimate and belonging together; "their closeness grew as the night wore on" [syn: intimacy]
2 the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance; "the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into action" [syn: nearness] [ant: farness]
4 characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's actions or purposes) [syn: secretiveness] [ant: openness]
5 close or warm friendship; "the absence of fences created a mysterious intimacy in which no one knew privacy" [syn: familiarity, intimacy]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. The state of being physically close
  2. The state of being friends
  3. The state of being mean or stingy
  4. The state of being secretive
  5. The shortest path between two vertices in a graph


The state of being physically close
The state of being friends
The state of being mean or stingy
The state of being secretive
The shortest path between two vertices in a graph

Extensive Definition

  • The IOS scale in psychology means "Inclusion of Other in Self Scale": it measures the specific notion of closeness as including other in the self (Aron e Aron, 1986).
closeness in German: Closeness

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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