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Definition of Narrow

Narrow

  1. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem.
  2. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
  3. 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.
  4. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances.
  5. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views.
  6. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
  7. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of.
  11. 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.
  12. To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.
  13. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait.
  14. Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows.
  15. To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.

Narrow Quotations

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Henry David Thoreau

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.
Niels Bohr

The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.
Charles de Gaulle

Quick condemnation of all that is not ours, of views with which we disagree, of ideas that do not attract us, is the sign of a narrow mind, of an uncultivated intelligence. Bigotry is always ignorant, and the wise boy, who will become the wise man, tries to understand and to see the truth in ideas with which he does not agree.
Annie Besant
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Narrow Translations

narrow in Dutch is smal, bekrompen, eng, krap, nauw
narrow in German is schmal, eng, begrenzte
narrow in Italian is venni, magro
narrow in Latin is angustus, substrictus
narrow in Norwegian is trang, smal
narrow in Spanish is angosto, estrecho, metido
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