Definition for 'near'?

Hi teachers,
Would this definition, ‘at a short distance from’ be appropriate for ‘near’ in the following sentence?
There also a cup and a saucer [color=red]near the coffeepot.

Thanks in advance.

As far as a dictionary definition is concerned, yes. (However, it wouldn’t normally be very natural to actually say “at a short distance from” in that sentence.)

It should be “There is …”.

Hi Dozy,
Thanks for your reply.
I won’t use that definition in the sentence; it is just to explain it to the students.
That’s the only purpose for that definition.