Narrowly
Narrowly Nar"row*ly, adv. [AS. nearulice.] 1. With little breadth; in a narrow manner. [1913 Webster]

2. Without much extent; contractedly. [1913 Webster]

3. With minute scrutiny; closely; as, to look or watch narrowly; to search narrowly. [1913 Webster]

4. With a little margin or space; by a small distance; hence, closely; hardly; barely; only just; -- often with reference to an avoided danger or misfortune; as, he narrowly escaped. [1913 Webster]

5. Sparingly; parsimoniously. [1913 Webster]

6. With close adherence to the literal meaning of a text; as, to interpret narrowly; to construe narrowly; to read narrowly; -- used especially of laws and contracts. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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