Nar·row a. [Compar. Narrower superl. Narrowest.]
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; near5; -- with special reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow miss; a narrow majority.
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.”
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 ē (ēve) and ōō (fōōd), etc., from ĭ (ĭll) and ŏŏ (fŏŏt), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, §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, n., 6.
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.
Near the island lay on one side the jaws of a dangerous
Nar·row, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Narrowed p. pr. & vb. n. Narrowing.]
1. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of.
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.
Nar·row, v. i.
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.
3. Knitting To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.
adj 1: not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
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] [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]
n : a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
v 1: make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was
narrowed"; "The road narrowed" [syn: contract] [ant: widen]
2: define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this
game" [syn: pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow
3: become more special; "We specialize in dried flowers" [syn:
specialize, specialise, narrow down] [ant: diversify,
4: become tight or as if tight; "Her throat constricted" [syn: