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. narrowadjective

    a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

  2. narrowadjective

    not wide

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

  3. narrowadjective

    limited in size or scope

    "the narrow sense of a word"

  4. narrow-minded, narrowadjective

    lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view

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

  5. narrowadjective

    very limited in degree

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

  6. minute, narrowverb

    characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

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

  7. narrow, contractverb

    make or become more narrow or restricted

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

  8. pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow, specifyverb

    define clearly

    "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"

  9. specialize, specialise, narrow, narrow downverb

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

    "She specializes in Near Eastern history"

  10. constrict, constringe, narrowverb

    become tight or as if tight

    "Her throat constricted"

Wiktionary

  1. narrowverb

    To reduce in width or extent; to contract.

    We need to narrow the search.

    Etymology: Old English nearu

  2. narrowverb

    To get narrower.

    The road narrows.

    Etymology: Old English nearu

  3. narrowadjective

    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. narrowadjective

    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. Narrownoun

    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. Narrowverb

    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. Narrowverb

    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. Narrowverb

    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. Narrowverb

    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. Narrowverb

    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. Narrowverb

    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.]

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    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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  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. Hai Thanh -LRB- @haithanhptw -RRB-:

    I love taking photographs of crowds -- it's a lot of fun, for travelers, I would send them to the narrow alleys, where residents live and share a public space together. It is so Hanoi!

  2. Andrew Bailey:

    We are walking this very narrow path now.

  3. Brian Fallon:

    Justice Breyer’s service on the court has been remarkable, and history will remember him even more fondly if he ends up playing a critical role in ensuring the appointment of the first Black woman to the court, timing his retirement in the coming year would guarantee that opportunity, and it would be wise to do so because the window may prove a narrow one.

  4. Ryan Reynolds:

    But it's a pretty narrow group of people that I would send photos like that to. They're just, like, my closest family and my closest friends: 'Here's us in the delivery room!'.

  5. Sid Mokhtari:

    If we had to make a guesstimate, we're still in a narrow range going forward, it's probably going to be challenging over the next few months. We're watching volatility very carefully.

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