• WordNet 3.6
    • adj narrow lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view "a brilliant but narrow-minded judge","narrow opinions"
    • adj narrow characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination "a minute inspection of the grounds","a narrow scrutiny","an exact and minute report"
    • adj narrow limited in size or scope "the narrow sense of a word"
    • adj narrow not wide "a narrow bridge","a narrow line across the page"
    • adj narrow very limited in degree "won by a narrow margin","a narrow escape"
    • v narrow become tight or as if tight "Her throat constricted"
    • v narrow make or become more narrow or restricted "The selection was narrowed","The road narrowed"
    • v narrow become more focus on an area of activity or field of study "She specializes in Near Eastern history"
    • v narrow define clearly "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
    • n narrow a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
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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 Narrow 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 ."
    • Narrow Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views. "A narrow understanding."
    • Narrow (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 ē (ēve), etc., from ĭ (ĭll), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, §13.
    • Narrow Having but a little margin; having barely sufficient space, time, or number, etc.; close; near{5}; -- with special reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow miss; a narrow majority.
    • Narrow Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances.
    • Narrow (Man) Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows .
    • 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. "Hath passed in safety through the narrow seas."
    • Narrow Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed. "The Jews were but a small nation, and confined to a narrow compass in the world."
    • Narrow Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish. "A very narrow and stinted charity."
    • Narrow Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact. "But first with narrow search I must walk round
      This garden, and no corner leave unspied."
    • Narrow To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait.
    • Narrow 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."
    • Narrow (Knitting) To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.
    • Narrow (Knitting) To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.
    • Narrow To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of.
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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
    • narrow Of little width or breadth; measuring relatively little from side to side; not wide or broad: as, a narrow channel or passage; a narrow ribbon.
    • narrow Limited as regards extent, resources, means, sentiment, mental view, scope, individual disposition, or habits, etc. Small; confined; circumscribed.
    • narrow Straitened; limited; impoverished: as, narrow fortune.
    • narrow Contracted; lacking breadth or liberality of view; illiberal; bigoted.
    • narrow Niggardly; avaricious; covetous.
    • narrow Close; bare; so small or close as to be almost inadequate; barely sufficient: as, a narrow majority or escape (that is, a majority so small or an escape so close as almost to fail of being a majority or an escape).
    • narrow Close; near; accurate; scrutinizing; careful; minute.
    • narrow Restricted or brief, with reference to time.
    • narrow Synonyms and Cramped, pinched, scanty, mean.
    • n narrow A strait; a narrow passage through a mountain, or a narrow channel of water between one sea or lake and another; a sound; any contracted part of a navigable river or harbor: used chiefly in the plural: as, the Narrows at the entrance of New York harbor.
    • n narrow A contracted part of an ocean current: usually in the plural: as, the narrows of the Gulf Stream at the south point of Florida.
    • n narrow plural In coal-mining, roadways or galleries driven at right angles to drifts, and smaller than these in section.
    • narrow Narrowly.
    • narrow To make narrow or contracted; reduce in breadth or scope: as, to narrow one's sphere of action.
    • narrow Specifically In knitting, to reduce the number of stitches of: opposed to widen: as, to narrow a stocking at the toe.
    • narrow To become narrow, literally or figuratively.
    • narrow In the manège, to take less than the proper ground in stepping, or bear out insufficiently to the one hand or the other: said of a horse.
    • narrow In knitting, to reduce the number of stitches, either by knitting two together or by slipping one and binding it over the next: as, when you reach this point you must narrow.
    • narrow See nary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest muscle in the human body is the sartorius. This narrow muscle of the thigh passes obliquely across the front of the thigh and helps rotate the leg to the position assumed in sitting cross-legged. Its name is a derivation of the adjective "sartorial," a reference to what was the traditional cross-legged position of tailors (or "sartors") at work.
    • adj Narrow nar′ō 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 Narrow (oftener used in the pl.) a narrow passage, channel, or strait
    • v.t Narrow to make narrow: to contract or confine
    • v.i Narrow to become narrow: to reduce the number of stitches in knitting
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  • Vernon Grounds
    Vernon Grounds
    “Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    “We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.”
  • 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.”
  • Niels Bohr
    Niels Bohr
    “An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “Only free peoples can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end and prefer the interest of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu,; akin to OS. naru, naro,


In literature:

Turning from the dock they threaded their way down the narrow street leading to the town.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The streets were narrow and filthy and there was no sewer system to speak of.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
The narrow external function of the man is not the whole man.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
For a second his narrowed eyes were drunken.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
The narrow passage of water called the Dardanelles separates the peninsula of Gallipoli and the Asiatic shore of Turkey.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
They are hemmed with a narrow hem, and should be cut from muslin, eighteen nails square.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
It was narrow even for those two.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
For Rathburn's gaze had narrowed; and it shot from his eyes steel blue with a flash of fire.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
As to people, your life is narrow, isn't it so?
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
In difficult cases the narrow opening of the sheath may be slit open.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

Upon the rails I work away,
The rails sae slim an' narrow,
But in my heart this summer day
I hear the rush o' Yarrow.
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
The startled quail in covies whir
From 'neath your feet as on you stray
Along the narrow thread-like path,
This cool October day.
"Through October Fields" by James Edwin Campbell
And I am in a narrow place,
and all its little streets are cold,
because the absence of her face
has robb'd the sullen air of gold.
"I Am Shut Out Of Mine Own Heart" by Christopher Brennan
And ah ! what varied forms of woe,
What hope and fear are found ;
What passions rise, what scandals grow,
Within this narrow bound !
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
Jesus, my all, to heaven is gone,
He Whom I fix my hopes upon;
His track I see, and I’ll pursue
The narrow way, till Him I view.
"Jesus, my all, to heaven is gone," by John Cennick
We thank thee, Father! let thy grace
Our narrowing circle still embrace,
Thy mercy shed its heavenly store,
Thy peace be with us evermore!
"Hymn For The Class-Meeting" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Action Bronson stays in a narrow lane, but so far he keeps finding new twists and turns that bring him to bigger audiences without forcing him to veer off course.
Much of the sunlight that escapes into the Chilton County Jail seeps through narrow, tinted windows just big enough to provide a glimpse at the weather.
Rage Against The Machine – The Narrows.
Detroit narrowing the car quality gap with imports.
"And when we have too many choices, we get overwhelmed, so narrow it down to choosing two.".
Dire straits and narrow victories are the norm in NFL Week 11.
I was running a large powerboat in a narrow section of the waterway recently when I came upon a slower moving powerboat.
WSDOT says Narrows bridges still standing, despite distorted iOS 6 photo.
The agreement, says AVT, is targeted toward the label and narrow web sectors.
Algeria Pledges Energy Diversification but New Law Narrow Focus.
Poll shows gender gap narrowing.
In May we narrowed those to the...
One of the more common accusations leveled at Christianity is the charge that we are too narrow, too restrictive.
Meandering across it was a single, muddy track, deeply rutted by narrow wagon wheels.
Narrow Web) system is based on the successful PPS peristaltic pump.

In science:

If the scattering region II is narrow enough compared with the diffraction length Eq.(2.8), one can neglect the transverse derivatives in Eq.(2.10).
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
One may expect that the distribution of Γt (ℓm,i ) for fixed ℓm and t is as narrow as the distribution of the propagator in the chemical space. (We support this conjecture in Sec.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
This nonexponential relaxation has been interpreted as a phenomenon due to the fact that the region of the field of the resonant tunneling is very narrow and small fluctuation can detune the resonance condition by Prokof ’ev and Stamp .
Nonexponential Relaxation of Magnetization at the Resonant Tunneling Point under a Fluctuating Random Noise
Corresponding to the molecules of Mn12 or Fe8 , we consider that the resonant point is very narrow and is regarded as a point.
Nonexponential Relaxation of Magnetization at the Resonant Tunneling Point under a Fluctuating Random Noise
With increasing β , the passing bands are narrowed and become streaks.
Localization of acoustic waves in 1D random liquid media