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 Written Corpus Frequency: #3295

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

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    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. Alex Yampolskiy:

    They’re going to try to do some forensic work because those documents probably have been changed [over time], so that enables them to narrow down the period to when they were taken, once you say ‘this seems like it was a snapshot from this particular time,’ then they can look at audit logs of who had access to the document during that time frame.

  2. Vivian Schiller:

    Allowing the targeting of political messages to narrow slivers of the electorate is the opposite of enabling public debate.

  3. Joe Biden:

    We can prioritize either ideological purity or inclusive victory, we can either call people names online or we can call them into our movement. We can either tighten a narrow and hardcore base or open the tent to a new, broad, big-hearted American coalition.

  4. Sven Spichiger:

    We did get an initial direction of the flight, we were able to meet with several of the property owners and get a few more eyewitness accounts of seeing hornets earlier the week before or earlier in the summer, and so we are starting to narrow down exactly where the hornets' nest is.

  5. Commander Phil Robertson:

    My qualifications for president of the United States are rather narrow: Is he or she Godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo? cruz fits the bill.

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