• WordNet 3.6
    • n narrowness a small margin "the president was not humbled by his narrow margin of victory","the landslide he had in the electoral college obscured the narrowness of a victory based on just 43% of the popular vote"
    • n narrowness the property of being narrow; having little width "the narrowness of the road"
    • n narrowness a restriction of range or scope "the problem with achievement tests is the narrowness they impose on students","the attraction of the book is precisely its narrowness of focus","frustrated by the narrowness of people's horizons"
    • n narrowness an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tacoma Narrows Bridge which was located in Washington was nicknamed "Galloping Gertie" because of the unusual way it twisted and swayed with even with the slightest winds when people would drive on it. The bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940, fortunately no humans died, except for a dog
    • n Narrowness The condition or quality of being narrow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People whose mouth has a narrow roof are more likely to snore. This is because they have less oxygen going through their nose
    • n narrowness The quality or condition of being narrow, in any sense of that word.
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  • Vernon Grounds
    Vernon Grounds
    “Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.”
  • Christopher Fry
    Christopher Fry
    “Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.”
  • Phillips Brooks
    “Self-confidence is either a petty pride in our own narrowness, or the realization of our duty and privilege as God's children.”
  • Thomas Gray
    Thomas Gray
    “Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.”
  • Niels Bohr
    Niels Bohr
    “An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. nearunes,


In literature:

The narrow gate opens into the narrow way, and this leads to LIFE.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
The pupils of his eyes had narrowed.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He paced back and forth across the narrow confines of the four sod walls.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
This order arrived at the very moment when Bagration, repulsed from Minsk, had no other retreat open to him than a long and narrow causeway.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
An egg to move in this narrow passage!
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
So he was not with the others when a new sound tore through the constant vibrating hum which filled the narrow corridors of the ship.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
Long, narrow axe, grooved near the upper end.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
When he picked up a piece as large as a saucer beside my pillow, I realized my narrow escape.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
The room devoted to strangers appeared to me to be by far the worst in the presbytery; it was narrow, dirty and offensive.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
There is nothing more oppressive than these scorching sides of narrow rifts, shut in by woods and precipices.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Oh, I've got your number, Bud Lee, and you are just as narrow between the horns as the rest of the outfit.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
The cave behind the nose hole narrowed quickly into a cleft, a narrow cleft which pierced into the bowl of the skull.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
These narrows, named 'Shag' Narrows, from the quantity of birds there so called by seamen, are not a hundred yards wide.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
Others were not less than a mile long, and narrow.
"North-Pole Voyages" by Zachariah Atwell Mudge
Here I found a narrow path, and ran nimbly along it, and presently saw her grey robe fluttering among the trees before me.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
Each leaf has thus a narrow pasted edge by which it is secured to the main sheet.
"Practical Bookbinding" by Paul Adam
Petals 5, small and narrow, raised on a slender claw, at the summit of which is a nectariferous hollow.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
It was an indisputable fact; he was being caught in constantly ever narrowing circles.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
The narrow, stemmed type is probably coeval with the classic Adena type on most Alabama sites.
"Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types" by James W. Cambron
Her eyes were narrow and hard.
"The Scarecrow and Other Stories" by G. Ranger Wormser

In poetry:

The lowing cattle roam from field to field;
No more content in narrow bounds to stay;
The ozone in the autumn air has healed
Their every ill, and lo, the dull beasts play.
"September" by Joseph Horatio Chant
I am not yours, because you love yourself;
Your heart has scarcely room for me beside.
I could not be shut in with name and pelf;
I spurn the shelter of your narrow pride!
"A Loyal Woman's No" by Lucy Larcom
But ever to love's life a second life
Is given, and his narrow river of days
Shall flow through other lives, and sleep in bays
Of quiet thought and calm the heart at strife.
"The River Charles" by Annie Adams Fields
But the valley grew narrow and narrower still,
And the evening got darker and colder,
Till (merely from nervousness, not from goodwill)
They marched along shoulder to shoulder.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Chill Death withdraws his hand, and she revives;
Amaz'd, she finds herself upon her feet,
And, like a ghost, thro' narrow passages
Walking, feeling the cold walls with her hands.
"Fair Elanor" by William Blake
Thy face is as a sword smiting in sunder
Shadows and chains and dreams and iron things;
The sea is dumb before thy face, the thunder
Silent, the skies are narrower than thy wings.
"Mater Triumphalis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

It stretches like a surreal piano keyboard in a narrow band, high along the walls of the cavernous lobby of the Ernst & Young office building in downtown Toronto.
I can assure you I won't -- he might have had trouble narrowing down the field in Minnesota.
Obama won a narrow 51-49 percent victory and the composition of Congress changed only slightly.
Is an unusual and alluring mix of open links land dotted with giant palms and narrow passages through dark avenues of umbrella pines.
So it's a pretty narrow focus.
The Centurion 's cabin is only 42.5 inches across at the elbows in front, about the same dimension as the A36 Bonanza, but almost six inches narrower than a T-Saratoga.
Tresu, a manufacturer ofchambered doctor blade systems for narrow web presses, reported a "surprising" level of interest in its products at Labelexpo Europe this year both from OEMs and from converters.
Another tricky part comes later in the day when Endeavour treks through a narrow residential street with apartment buildings on both sides.
Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) revealed a narrow midesophageal stricture.
Monsters goalie John Grahame did a superb job of narrowing the focus Saturday.
Grainger Narrows FY12 EPS Outlook.
After narrowing the field of competitors from 44 to just 11, the automotive magazine tests the top cars on the roads around Tehachapi, Calif Play.
Loctite® structural adhesives reportedly allow thinner profile device designs with extremely narrow edge borders.
Welcoming patrons to his stylish new restaurant here, Elon Carneiro Coelho's eye was caught one recent evening by the bust of an ancient Greek healer brooding in a wall niche across a narrow cobblestone street.
Israel to strike Iran as window of opportunity narrows.

In science:

The domain wall is again fairly narrow, though not quite as narrow as in the R71◦ case.
Bloch-type Domain Walls in Rhombohedral BaTiO3
It is known now that most of the type 2 AGNs (which only exhibit narrow emission lines in their optical spectra) display silicate absorption bands, while the silicate features of type 1 AGNs (which are characterized by the presence of both broad and narrow emission lines in their optical spectra) appear in emission.
On the Anomalous Silicate Absorption Feature of the Prototypical Seyfert 2 Galaxy NGC 1068
The elements in Hh are called narrow (resp. broad) and Hh is called a narrow sector (resp. broad sector) if Ch = {0} (resp.
Global mirror symmetry for invertible simple elliptic singularities
In particular, if Hhi is a narrow (resp. broad) sector we say that the marked point is narrow (resp. broad).
Global mirror symmetry for invertible simple elliptic singularities
It efiectively uses a selection strategy for narrowing described as ‘outer narrowing’ by You [45, 46].
Logic Programming, Functional Programming, and Inductive Definitions
Narrow nebular emission lines of [Fe iii] are detected at λλ4658, 4701. A narrow emission component is also seen on top of the broad stellar Hγ emission component.
The LMC transition star R84 and the core of the LH 39 OB association
The Hβ line is very narrow (FWHM < 685 km s−1 ) (Goodrich 1989); narrow Hα and [N I I] lines are observed as far as 10′′ from the nucleus (with λ6583/Hα ∼ 0.4) (Halpern & Oke 1987), suggesting the presence of an extended H I I region.
AGNs with composite spectra II. Additional data
The result is a set of narrow lines with λ6583/Hα = 0.58 corresponding to the narrow blue lines, con firming that this syste m is indeed coming from a H I I region.
AGNs with composite spectra II. Additional data
When F (k) is a wide or narrow distribution, the process is, respectively, said to be wide- or narrow-band.
Chord distribution functions of three-dimensional random media: Approximate first-passage times of Gaussian processes
Note that gd (x) represents the worst-case (or most narrow-band) process corresponding to a 3D field since ρd (k) ∝ δ(2π/d − k) (ie. an infinitely narrow band pass filter).
Chord distribution functions of three-dimensional random media: Approximate first-passage times of Gaussian processes
Note that our analysis is restricted to a narrow range of magnitudes 13.5 < mZ < 15.5, as compared to the wider range in Huchra (1976), but this narrow range contains the ma jority of the galaxies with mZ < 15.5 and therefore dominates all the relevant statistical properties (such as the luminosity function).
On the CCD Calibration of Zwicky galaxy magnitudes & The Properties of Nearby Field Galaxies
This would require narrow Hβ to be redshifted by ≈ 300 km s−1 with respect to narrow Hα and the low-ionization forbidden lines, all of which agree internally to an accuracy of about 50 km s−1 .
The End of the Lines for OX 169: No Binary Broad-Line Region
Listed are widths for the narrow core (gn ), the wide (gw ) Gaussians, and the fraction covered by the narrow Gaussian (R gn / R (gn + gw )).
Cosmic ray tests of the D0 preshower detector
Listed are widths for the narrow core (gn ), the wide (gw ) Gaussians, and the fraction covered by the narrow Gaussian (R gn= R (gn + gw )).
Cosmic ray tests of the D0 preshower detector
The same can be said to all later claims for a narrow sigma in the 500700 MeV region, and many such candidates for a light and narrow σ resonances remained in the PDG until 1972, when the much discussed “up-down” ambiguity of the phaseshift near 700 MeV was resolved in favour of the “down” solution.
Summary talk at the conference on the sigma resonance