a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
"a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
limited in size or scope
"the narrow sense of a word"
lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
"a brilliant but narrow-minded judge"; "narrow opinions"
very limited in degree
"won by a narrow margin"; "a narrow escape"
characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination
"a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report"
make or become more narrow or restricted
"The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"
pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow, specify(verb)
"I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
specialize, specialise, narrow, narrow down(verb)
become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
"She specializes in Near Eastern history"
constrict, constringe, narrow(verb)
become tight or as if tight
"Her throat constricted"
To reduce in width or extent; to contract.
We need to narrow the search.
To get narrower.
The road narrows.
having a small width; not wide; slim; slender; having opposite edges or sides that are close, especially by comparison to length or depth.
a narrow hallway
Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude.
a narrow interpretation
Origin: Old English nearu
of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem
of little extent; very limited; circumscribed
having but a little margin; having barely sufficient space, time, or number, etc.; close; near; -- with special reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow majority
limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances
contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views
parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish
scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact
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 (eve) and / (f/d), etc., from i (ill) and / (f/t), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 13
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
to lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of
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
to contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one
to become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait
not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows
to contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one
Origin: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nar′ō, adj. of little breadth: of small extent from side to side: limited: contracted in mind: bigoted: not liberal: selfish: within a small distance: almost too small: close: accurate: careful.—n. (oftener used in the pl.) a narrow passage, channel, or strait.—v.t. to make narrow: to contract or confine.—v.i. to become narrow: to reduce the number of stitches in knitting.—adj. Narr′ow-gauge, denoting a railroad of less width than 4 ft. 8½ in.—n. Narr′owing, the act of making less in breadth: the state of being contracted: the part of anything which is made narrower.—adv. Narr′owly.—adj. Narr′ow-mind′ed, of a narrow or illiberal mind.—ns. Narr′ow-mind′edness; Narr′owness.—adjs. Narr′ow-pry′ing (Shak.), scrutinising closely, inquisitive; Narr′ow-souled, illiberal.—Narrow cloth, cloth, esp. woollen, of less than 54 inches in width; Narrow work, in mining, the making of passages, air-shafts, &c. [A.S. nearu; not conn. with near, but prob. with nerve, snare.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'narrow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2102
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'narrow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3295
Rank popularity for the word 'narrow' in Verbs Frequency: #1030
Rank popularity for the word 'narrow' in Adjectives Frequency: #253
The numerical value of narrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of narrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
In a narrow circle the mind grows narrow. The more one expands, the larger their aims.
It makes sense for banks to lend to stronger borrowers to protect themselves from bad debt, as net interest margins will narrow.
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow necked bottles the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
The market continues to narrow and narrow. We're not about to fall into a bear market, but I'm starting to think the raging bull market is over.
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Translations for narrow
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- ضيق, Arabic
- тар, тарайтыу, тарайыуBashkir
- angost, estret, estretaCatalan, Valencian
- ⱘⰸⱏⰽⱏ, ѫзъкъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- smal, tæt, snæver, snævresDanish
- schmal, eng, schlank, begrenztGerman
- στενός, στενεύωGreek
- mallarĝa, streta, malvastaEsperanto
- angosto, estrechar, angostar, estrecho, estrecharseSpanish
- تنگ, باریکPersian
- kaventaa, kaventua, kapeaFinnish
- trongur, smalka, smalur, trongligur, snævurFaroese
- étroit, rétrécir, réduire, étroiteFrench
- smelWestern Frisian
- caol, cúngIrish
- cumhang, caolScottish Gaelic
- estreito, angostoGalician
- तंग, संकीर्णHindi
- szűk, keskenyHungarian
- þröngur, þétturIcelandic
- stretto, stretta, angustoItalian
- 좁은, 좁다, 제한된Korean
- angustō, angustus, angustiasLatin
- smaal, nejLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- ကျဉ်းကျပ်, ကျဉ်းBurmese
- smal, nauwDutch
- zwężać się, wąski, zwężać, zawężać, wąskaPolish
- estreitar, estreitar-se, estreita, estreito, limitarPortuguese
- îngust, îngusta, strâmtRomanian
- сужа́ть, су́зить, су́зиться, тесный, узкий, сужа́тьсяRussian
- су́зити, súziti, у̏зак, уски, uski, ȕzakSerbo-Croatian
- ngushtoj, ngushtëAlbanian
- långsmal, smal, trångSwedish
- ఇరుకైన, సన్ననిTelugu
- darlaşmak, dar, daralmakTurkish
- chật hẹp, hẹp, chật, eo hẹpVietnamese
- stroet, stroeteWalloon
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