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Definition of 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.
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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