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5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Narrow \Nar"row\ (n[a^]r"r[-o]), adjective [Compar. {Narrower} (n[a^]r"r[-o]*[~e]r); superl. {Narrowest}.] [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

1. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem.

Hath passed in safety through the narrow seas. --Shak.

2. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.

The Jews were but a small nation, and confined to a narrow compass in the world. --Bp. Wilkins.

3. Having but a little margin; having barely sufficient space, time, or number, etc.; close; near[5]; -- with special reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow miss; a narrow majority. --Dryden.

4. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances.

5. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views. "A narrow understanding." --Macaulay.

6. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.

A very narrow and stinted charity. --Smalridge.

7. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.

But first with narrow search I must walk round This garden, and no corner leave unspied. --Milton.

8. (Phon.) Formed (as a vowel) by a close position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate; or (according to Bell) by a tense condition of the pharynx; -- distinguished from wide; as [=e] ([=e]ve) and [=oo] (f[=oo]d), etc., from [i^] ([i^]ll) and [oo^] (f[oo^]t), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect]13.

Note: Narrow is not unfrequently prefixed to words, especially to participles and adjectives, forming compounds of obvious signification; as, narrow-bordered, narrow-brimmed, narrow-breasted, narrow-edged, narrow-faced, narrow-headed, narrow-leaved, narrow-pointed, narrow-souled, narrow-sphered, etc.

{Narrow gauge}. (Railroad) See Note under {Gauge}, noun, 6.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Narrow \Nar"row\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Narrowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Narrowing}.] [AS. nearwian.]

1. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of. --Sir W. Temple.

2. To contract the reach or sphere of; to make less liberal or more selfish; to limit; to confine; to restrict; as, to narrow one's views or knowledge; to narrow a question in discussion.

Our knowledge is much more narrowed if we confine ourselves to our own solitary reasonings. --I. Watts.

3. (Knitting) To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Narrow \Nar"row\, verb (used without an object)

1. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait.

2. (Man.) Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows. --Farrier's Dict.

3. (Knitting) To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Narrow \Nar"row\, noun; pl. {Narrows}. A narrow passage; esp., a contracted part of a stream, lake, or sea; a strait connecting two bodies of water; -- usually in the plural; as, The Narrows of New York harbor.

Near the island lay on one side the jaws of a dangerous narrow. --Gladstone.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

narrow

adjective

1: not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page" [ant: {broad}, {wide}]

2: limited in size or scope; "the narrow sense of a word"

3: lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view; "a brilliant but narrow-minded judge"; "narrow opinions" [syn: {narrow-minded}, {narrow}] [ant: {broad-minded}]

4: very limited in degree; "won by a narrow margin"; "a narrow escape" [ant: {wide}]

5: characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination; "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report" [syn: {minute}, {narrow}]

noun

1: a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

verb

1: make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed" [syn: {narrow}, {contract}] [ant: {widen}]

2: define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game" [syn: {pin down}, {peg down}, {nail down}, {narrow down}, {narrow}, {specify}]

3: become more focus on an area of activity or field of study; "She specializes in Near Eastern history" [syn: {specialize}, {specialise}, {narrow}, {narrow down}] [ant: {branch out}, {broaden}, {diversify}]

4: become tight or as if tight; "Her throat constricted" [syn: {constrict}, {constringe}, {narrow}]

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