Meaning of “close-set” in the English Dictionary

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"close-set" in British English

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close-setadjective

uk /ˌkləʊsˈset/ us /ˌkloʊsˈset/

Examples from literature

  • Accordingly, the twelve cutting teeth of a horse are close-set and concentrated in the fore-part of its mouth, like so many adzes or chisels. 
  • Jack's mind was made up in a flash, but, even in the brief instant he hesitated, the stranger's keen, close-set eyes narrowed suspiciously. 
  • The close-set eyes were full of light, and the thin lips curved into a smile. 
  • Then she rose up while the old steward took the wine and tried to force it between the close-set teeth, and she called the farm servants to her. 
  • There was wild hatred in its close-set eyes, the snarl of something fiend-like in its contorted mouth. 

(Definition of “close-set” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)