What does narrow mean?

Definitions for narrow
ˈnær oʊnar·row

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word narrow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. narrow(adj)

    a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

  2. narrow(adj)

    not wide

    "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"

  3. narrow(adj)

    limited in size or scope

    "the narrow sense of a word"

  4. narrow-minded, narrow(adj)

    lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view

    "a brilliant but narrow-minded judge"; "narrow opinions"

  5. narrow(adj)

    very limited in degree

    "won by a narrow margin"; "a narrow escape"

  6. minute, narrow(verb)

    characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

    "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report"

  7. narrow, contract(verb)

    make or become more narrow or restricted

    "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"

  8. pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow, specify(verb)

    define clearly

    "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"

  9. specialize, specialise, narrow, narrow down(verb)

    become more focus on an area of activity or field of study

    "She specializes in Near Eastern history"

  10. constrict, constringe, narrow(verb)

    become tight or as if tight

    "Her throat constricted"

Wiktionary

  1. narrow(Verb)

    To reduce in width or extent; to contract.

    We need to narrow the search.

    Etymology: Old English nearu

  2. narrow(Verb)

    To get narrower.

    The road narrows.

    Etymology: Old English nearu

  3. narrow(Adjective)

    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

    Etymology: Old English nearu

  4. narrow(Adjective)

    Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude.

    a narrow interpretation

    Etymology: Old English nearu

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narrow

    of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  2. Narrow

    of little extent; very limited; circumscribed

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  3. Narrow

    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

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  4. Narrow

    limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  5. Narrow

    contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  6. Narrow

    parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  7. Narrow

    scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  8. Narrow

    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

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  9. Narrow(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  10. Narrow(verb)

    to lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  11. Narrow(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  12. Narrow(verb)

    to contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  13. Narrow(verb)

    to become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  14. Narrow(verb)

    not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

  15. Narrow(verb)

    to contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one

    Etymology: [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Narrow

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'narrow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2102

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'narrow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3295

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'narrow' in Verbs Frequency: #1030

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'narrow' in Adjectives Frequency: #253

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of narrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of narrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of narrow in a Sentence

  1. Tushar Mittal:

    If the moon broke apart at 1.2 Mars radii, about 680 kilometers above the surface, it would form a really narrow ring comparable in density to that of one of Saturn’s most massive rings, over time it would spread out and get wider, reaching the top of the Martian atmosphere in a few million years, when it would start losing material because stuff would keep raining down on Mars.

  2. Joseph Addison:

    Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.

  3. Sturt Manning:

    It seeks to destroy diversity and enforce narrow uniformity. Evidence of a tolerant, diverse past is anathema, what it fears is memory and knowledge, which it cannot destroy.

  4. Doan Van Viet:

    We're trying our best to provide oxygen ... we've drilled holes in several spots but there's a large amount of rocks and dirt falling and the geological structure is complicated, the rescue conditions are very difficult with the rain, heavy winds, narrow tunnel and rising water.

  5. Don Bright:

    It has been complacency more than anything else, markets have been in a narrow trading range for quite a while. I don't see a lot of intra day volatility and there is no direction that's really coming from anywhere.

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