I’m currently writing a program that finds the “nearest sensible job”, in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job.
Is there a concise way of referring to the nearest job in time? For example, I’m looking to replace the word nearest in a sentence like:
The nearest job to 12:45 was the run at 12:40. The next-nearest was the run at 12:55.
The nearest sensible job is five minutes away from the target time; the next nearest is ten minutes away in the other direction. Even there, it seems to be necessary to use spatial terms!
To clarify, I’m looking at both the past and the future, otherwise something like soonest would be perfect.