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companion

Social medicine An individual with whom a person has a close personal relationship Examples Spouses, lovers, children, parents, friends, pets and others, who provide an individual with a sense of belonging and of being needed. See Companionship.
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Last quarter comes on the morning of November 15th, and the Moon wanes, companionless, to new on the 22nd.
The homeless, jobless and companionless Blanche, in The Streetcar Named Desire (1947), dreams of starting her life anew with Mitch but Stanley thwarts all her plans.
Midst others of less note, came one frail form, A phantom among men; companionless As the last cloud of an expiring storm Whose thunder is its knell; he, as I guess, Had gazed on Nature's naked loveliness, Actaeon-like, and now he led astray With feeble steps o'er the world's wilderness, And his own thoughts, along that rugged way, Pursued, like raging hounds, their father and their prey.
Art thou pale for weariness Of climbing Heaven, and gazing on the earth, Wandering companionless Among the stars that have a different birth,-- And ever changing, like a joyless eye That finds no object worth its constancy (124)
The explicit context for her comment is the companionless seclusion in which she has passed much of her life; her thoughts have remained largely unuttered because of her isolation, but "through long habit," still shape themselves into "one train" in her mind, as if being recounted to another.
Companion-piece in a companionless world, this story begins at night and has an obstructed view outside the window, in contrast to the more natural setting of the first story.