narrow
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English narowe, from Old English nearu; akin to Old High German narwa scar Date: before 12th century 1. a. of slender width <
a long and narrow room
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b. of less than standard or usual width <
a narrow sidewalk
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c. of a textile woven in widths usually less than 18 inches (46 centimeters) 2. limited in size or scope <
a narrow interpretation
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3. a. illiberal in views or disposition ; prejudiced b. chiefly dialect stingy, niggardly 4. a. barely sufficient ; close <
won by a narrow margin
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b. barely successful <
a narrow escape
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5. minutely precise ; meticulous <
a narrow inspection
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6. of an animal ration relatively rich in protein as compared with carbohydrate and fat 7. tense 3 • narrowly adverbnarrowness noun II. verb Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to decrease the breadth or extent of ; contract — often used with down 2. to decrease the scope or sphere of ; limit — often used with down <
narrow down the choices
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intransitive verb to lessen in width or extent ; contract — often used with down III. noun Date: 13th century a narrow part or passage; specifically a strait connecting two bodies of water — usually used in plural but sing. or plural in constr.

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  • Narrow — Nar row (n[a^]r r[ o]), a. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Narrow — may refer to: In biology: Narrow lined puffer, ray finned fish Narrow leafed Ash, species of ash native to central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, and southwest Asia In music: The Narrow, rock band from South Africa The Narrow Way ,… …   Wikipedia

  • narrow — [nar′ō, ner′ō] adj. [ME narwe < OE nearu, akin to MDu nare, OS naru < IE base * (s)ner , to turn, twist > SNARE, Gr narkē, stupor] 1. small in width as compared to length; esp., less wide than is customary, standard, or expected; not… …   English World dictionary

  • narrow — [adj1] confined, restricted attenuated, circumscribed, close, compressed, confining, constricted, contracted, cramped, definite, determinate, exclusive, exiguous, fine, fixed, incapacious, limited, linear, meager, near, paltry, pent, pinched,… …   New thesaurus

  • narrow — ► ADJECTIVE (narrower, narrowest) 1) of small width in comparison to length. 2) limited in extent, amount, or scope. 3) barely achieved: a narrow escape. ► VERB 1) become or make narrower. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • Narrow — Nar row, n.; 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. [1913 Webster] Near the island lay on one side… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Narrow — Nar row, v. t. [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. [1913 Webster] 2. To contract the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Narrow — bezeichnet unter anderem: Narrow banking, das Denkmodell eines Bankwesens Narrow Margin – 12 Stunden Angst, ein Spielfilm von 1990 Narrowboat, ein Bootstyp Siehe auch: Narrows Creek Narrows Island …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • narrow — I adjective attenuated, bigoted, circumscribed, compressed, confined, contracted, contractus, cramped, defined, dogmatic, exact, fanatical, fine, illiberal, incapacious, intolerant, limited, literal, narrow minded, opinionated, parochial, pinched …   Law dictionary

  • narrow — narrow, narrow minded *illiberal, intolerant, bigoted, hidebound Analogous words: rigorous, *rigid, strict, stringent: obdurate, *inflexible, inexorable: provincial, parochial, local, smalltown, *insular Antonyms: broad, broad minded Contrasted… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Narrow — Nar row, v. i. 1. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait. [1913 Webster] 2. (Man.) Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows. Farrier s Dict. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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