browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

narrowmore about narrow

narrow


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Narrow  \Nar"row\,  a.  [Compar.  {Narrower};  superl.  {Narrowest}.] 
  [OE.  narwe,  naru,  AS  nearu;  akin  to  OS  naru,  naro.] 
  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. 
 
  Hath  passed  in  safety  through  the  narrow  seas. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Of  little  extent;  very  limited;  circumscribed. 
 
  The  Jews  were  but  a  small  nation,  and  confined  to  a 
  narrow  compass  in  the  world.  --Bp.  Wilkins. 
 
  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.  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  Limited  as  to  means  straitened;  pinching;  as  narrow 
  circumstances. 
 
  5.  Contracted;  of  limited  scope;  illiberal;  bigoted;  as  a 
  narrow  mind;  narrow  views.  ``A  narrow  understanding.'' 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  6.  Parsimonious;  niggardly;  covetous;  selfish. 
 
  A  very  narrow  and  stinted  charity.  --Smalridge. 
 
  7.  Scrutinizing  in  detail;  close  accurate;  exact. 
 
  But  first  with  narrow  search  I  must  walk  round  This 
  garden,  and  no  corner  leave  unspied.  --Milton. 
 
  8.  (Phon.)  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]  ([=e]ve)  and  [=oo] 
  (f[=oo]d),  etc.,  from  [i^]  ([i^]ll)  and  [oo^]  (f[oo^]t), 
  etc  See  Guide  to  Pronunciation,  [sect]  13. 
 
  Note:  Narrow  is  not  unfrequently  prefixed  to  words 
  especially  to  participles  and  adjectives,  forming 
  compounds  of  obvious  signification;  as 
  narrow-bordered,  narrow-brimmed,  narrow-breasted, 
  narrow-edged,  narrow-faced,  narrow-headed, 
  narrow-leaved,  narrow-pointed,  narrow-souled, 
  narrow-sphered,  etc 
 
  {Narrow  gauge}.  (Railroad)  See  Note  under  {Gauge},  n.,  6. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Narrow  \Nar"row\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  become  less  broad;  to  contract;  to  become  narrower;  as 
  the  sea  narrows  into  a  strait. 
 
  2.  (Man.)  Not  to  step  out  enough  to  the  one  hand  or  the 
  other  as  a  horse  narrows.  --Farrier's  Dict. 
 
  3.  (Knitting)  To  contract  the  size  of  a  stocking  or  other 
  knit  article,  by  taking  two  stitches  into  one 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Narrow  \Nar"row\,  n.;  pl  {Narrows}. 
  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. 
 
  Near  the  island  lay  on  one  side  the  jaws  of  a  dangerous 
  narrow.  --Gladstone. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Narrow  \Nar"row\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Narrowed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Narrowing}.]  [AS.  nearwian.] 
  1.  To  lessen  the  breadth  of  to  contract;  to  draw  into  a 
  smaller  compass;  to  reduce  the  width  or  extent  of  --Sir 
  W.  Temple. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  Our  knowledge  is  much  more  narrowed  if  we  confine 
  ourselves  to  our  own  solitary  reasonings.  --I. 
  Watts. 
 
  3.  (Knitting)  To  contract  the  size  of  as  a  stocking,  by 
  taking  two  stitches  into  one 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  narrow 
  adj  1:  not  wide;  "a  narrow  bridge";  "a  narrow  line  across  the  page" 
  [ant:  {wide}] 
  2:  limited  in  size  or  scope;  "the  narrow  sense  of  a  word" 
  3:  lacking  tolerance  or  flexibility  or  breadth  of  view;  "a 
  brilliant  but  narrow-minded  judge";  "narrow  opinions" 
  [syn:  {narrow-minded}]  [ant:  {broad-minded}] 
  4:  very  limited  in  degree;  "won  by  a  narrow  margin";  "a  narrow 
  escape"  [ant:  {wide}] 
  5:  characterized  by  painstaking  care  and  detailed  examination; 
  "a  minute  inspection  of  the  grounds";  "a  narrow  scrutiny"; 
  "an  exact  and  minute  report"  [syn:  {minute}] 
  n  :  a  narrow  strait  connecting  two  bodies  of  water 
  v  1:  make  or  become  more  narrow  or  restricted;  "The  selection  was 
  narrowed";  "The  road  narrowed"  [syn:  {contract}]  [ant:  {widen}] 
  2:  define  clearly;  "I  cannot  narrow  down  the  rules  for  this 
  game"  [syn:  {pin  down},  {peg  down},  {nail  down},  {narrow 
  down},  {specify}] 
  3:  become  more  special;  "We  specialize  in  dried  flowers"  [syn: 
  {specialize},  {narrow  down}]  [ant:  {diversify}] 
  4:  become  tight  ar  as  if  tight;  "Her  throat  constricted"  [syn: 
  {constrict},  {constringe}] 




more about narrow