Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
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    Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    This word, when descriptively used in a grant, does not mean "in immediate contact with," but "near" to, the object to which it relates; and "near" la a relative term, meaning, when used in land patents, very unequal and different distances. Welis v. Mfg. Co., 48 N. H. 491. A contract to complete work by a certain time, means that it shall be done before that time. Rankin v. Woodworth, 3 Pen. & W. (Pat) 48. By an acquittance for the last payment all other arrearages are discharged. Noy, 40.