Definitions for narrowness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nar•rowˈnær oʊ(adj.; v.; n.)-row•er, -row•est

  1. (adj.)of little breadth or width.

  2. affording little room:

    narrow quarters.

  3. limited in range or scope.

  4. lacking breadth of view or sympathy.

  5. barely adequate or successful; close:

    a narrow escape.

  6. careful or minute, as a scrutiny, search, or inquiry.

  7. limited in amount; meager:

    narrow resources.

  8. (of a phonetic transcription) using a symbol for each phoneme together with supplementary symbols or diacritics to indicate phonetic details.

    Category: Phonetics

    Ref: (of a speech sound) tense1 (def. 4 ). 1 4; Compare broad (def. 13). 1 14

  9. (v.i.)to decrease in width or breadth.

  10. (v.t.)to make narrower.

  11. to limit or restrict (often fol. by down).

  12. to make narrow-minded.

  13. (n.)a narrow part, place, or thing.

  14. a narrow part of a valley, passage, or road.

  15. narrows, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a narrow part of a strait, river, ocean current, etc.

Origin of narrow:

bef. 900; ME; OE nearu, c. OS naru, MD nare, naer narrow; akin to MHG narwe scar


Princeton's WordNet

  1. narrowness(noun)

    the property of being narrow; having little width

    "the narrowness of the road"

  2. narrow-mindedness, narrowness(noun)

    an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior

  3. narrowness(noun)

    a restriction of range or scope

    "the problem with achievement tests is the narrowness they impose on students"; "the attraction of the book is precisely its narrowness of focus"; "frustrated by the narrowness of people's horizons"

  4. narrow margin, narrowness, slimness(noun)

    a small margin

    "the president was not humbled by his narrow margin of victory"; "the landslide he had in the electoral college obscured the narrowness of a victory based on just 43% of the popular vote"


  1. narrowness(Noun)

    a constriction

  2. narrowness(Noun)

    the state of being narrow

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narrowness(noun)

    the condition or quality of being narrow


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