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. Lois Zabrocky:

    With the narrow price differential, it doubles the length of time for scrubber payback. Seaways installed scrubbers on our highest-consuming ships and the payback period is likely within 2-3 years.

  2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

  3. Trey Gowdy:

    I ’m trying to help the public, and Director Comey, kind of narrow down the universe of people who would have had access to that information to then leak it.

  4. Steve Vladeck:

    Today's move to send the case back to the Oregon state courts is something of a surprise, because this case had been pitched all along as raising the broader constitutional question that the Justices ducked last year in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, by asking the state courts to reconsider their ruling in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the justices are, in effect, asking the Oregon courts if a similarly narrow basis is available for resolving this case -- even though the parties have framed the case as presenting a broader conflict between the constitutional rights to religious liberty and same-sex marriage.

  5. Matt Kuchar:

    Today was better even than yesterday, i had a nice round over in La Quinta, and La Quinta may be the toughest of the three courses, just how tight and narrow La Quinta is. Here you've got a little more space and reachable par-fives.

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