NIGH, adjective [G. A preposition signifying to, on or after, that is, approaching, pressing on, making towards; strait, narrow.]
1. Near; not distant or remote in place or time.
The loud tumult shows the battle nigh
When the fig-tree putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh
2. Closely allied by blood; as a nigh kinsman.
3. Easy to be obtained or learnt; of easy access.
The word is very nigh unto thee. Deuteronomy 30:14.
4. Ready to support, to forgive, or to aid and defend.
The Lord is nigh unto them who are of a broken heart. Psalms 34:18.
5. Close in fellowship; intimate in relation.
Ye are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13.
6. Near in progress or condition. Hebrews 6:8.
NIGH, adverb ni.
1. Near; at a small distance in place or time, or in the course of events.
He was sick, nigh to death. Philippians 2:27.
2. Near to a place.
He drew nigh
3. Almost; near. He was nigh dead.
NIGH is never a preposition. In the phrase, nigh this recess, with terror they survey, there is an ellipsis of to. They, nigh to this recess, survey, etc.
NIGH, verb intransitive ni. To approach; to advance or draw near. [Not used.]