1. Nearest in place; that has no object intervening between it and some other; immediately preceding, or preceding in order. We say, the next person before or after another.
Her princely guest was next her side, in order sat the rest.
2. Nearest in time; as the next day or hour; the next day before or after Easter.
3. Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right or relation; as, one man is next to another in excellence; one is next in kindred; one is next in rank or dignity. Assign the property to nim who has the next claim.
NEXT, adverb At the time or turn nearest or immediately succeeding. It is not material who follows next