narrowing

Definitions

  • THE WORK OF THE BRIDGE-BUILDERS. A TOWER OF THE NEW EAST RIVER BRIDGE. THIS PHOTOGRAPH ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE NARROW ESCAPE OF JACK MCGREGGOR ON THE SWINGING COLUMN
    THE WORK OF THE BRIDGE-BUILDERS. A TOWER OF THE NEW EAST RIVER BRIDGE. THIS PHOTOGRAPH ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE NARROW ESCAPE OF JACK MCGREGGOR ON THE SWINGING COLUMN
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj narrowing (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
    • adj narrowing becoming gradually narrower "long tapering fingers","trousers with tapered legs"
    • n narrowing the act of making something narrower
    • n narrowing an instance of becoming narrow
    • n narrowing a decrease in width
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A NARROW STREET A NARROW STREET

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
    • Narrowing The act of contracting, or of making or becoming less in breadth or extent.
    • Narrowing The part of a stocking which is narrowed.
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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 narrowing In knitting, the act of reducing the breadth of the work, as by throwing two stitches into one.
    • n narrowing The part of the work which has been thus narrowed or contracted.
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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.
    • n Narrowing the act of making less in breadth: the state of being contracted: the part of anything which is made narrower
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Quotations

  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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    “Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.”
  • Vernon Grounds
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    “Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
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    “We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind.”
  • Alexander Pope
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    “One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nearu; not conn. with near, but prob. with nerve, snare.

Usage

In literature:

A cave on the farm of James Phelps, 2 miles south of Yancy Mills, is described as small, with a narrow entrance.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
Below Canal street the streets are narrow, crooked, and irregular.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
To his right, northward, there was another space of sea, a narrow strip, and then a second ledge.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
On Saturday afternoon we resumed our journey and steamed out of the narrows.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
At a narrow opening Buck turned and left the main street.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
In front was a narrow path through the chestnut plantation, and it must lead somewhere, though I knew not where.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
I am almost tempted to say there are no narrow lives except for narrow natures.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
A mile below this place we landed at the mouth of a pretty little stream entering through a picturesque and narrow canyon on the left.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
As a child Fatima Hanum played in one of the narrow streets of Stambul.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Walk behind, Louis, the path is narrow.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

When Grinie coming there,
At last of all aware,
Beheld his narrow bed;
As though her life took flight,
Bereft of sense and sight,
She fell, above the dead!
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Shone that lost Paradise; but, if it did,
Again ere long the prison-shades would fall
That Youth condemns itself to walk amid,
So narrow, but so beautiful withal.
"The Need To Love" by Alan Seeger
Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
"Lo, I am with you alway,"--watch and pray.
"Mother’s Evening Prayer" by Mary Baker Eddy
Then, slowly would she turn her head,
And watch the narrow wicket;
And shudder, while the wintry blast
In shrilly cadence swiftly past
Along the neighb'ring thicket.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
I LIKE YOU Met I LOVE You, face to face;
The path was narrow, and they could not pass.
I LIKE YOU smiled; I LOVE YOU cried, Alas!
And so they halted for a little space.
"I Like You And I Love You" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Dearest one, when I am dead
Never seek to follow me.
Never mount the quiet hill
Where the copper leaves are still,
As my heart is, on the tree
Standing at my narrow bed.
"Prayer For A Prayer" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

The Narrows Marina restaurant opened July 2.
The restaurant opened July 2 at the Narrows Marina.
Boathouse 19 at the Narrows Marina in Tacoma.
Boathouse 19 on track to open in July at the Narrows Marina.
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission in July chose him as one of nine semi-finalists who'd return for second interviews before it narrowed the field to the final three.
The Bon -Ton Stores, Inc on Thursday announced third quarter results, reporting sales increases and narrower net losses than the corresponding quarter last year.
Narrows Botanical Garden s President Richard Haugland and Trustee Greg Ahl say vandals destroy plants and trees in the garden, pointing to the former location of a tree that died after being vandalized.
As Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney in the polls narrows, and his presumed fundraising advantage seems about to become a disadvantage, it's alibi time for some of his backers.
Syracuse football recruit Ebenezer Ogundeko narrows his list to three schools.
Narrowing achievement gaps eclipsed by failing economy.
FROM EGRET PARK, located at the downstream end of the scenic Glendale Narrows, you can observe the contrast in the river where the soft bottom ends and miles of concrete begin.
A fire that killed 16 people in a high-rise retirement center started on the first floor, but investigators have not narrowed the cause, city fire officials said today.
Obama Narrows the Range of Possible Targets in New National Nuclear-Weapons Policy.
The Sun Gate is in a narrow notch high above Machu Picchu .
Yellow onions, cut into narrow wedges.
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In science:

The Coulomb interaction dynamically breaks the first Landau level in three narrow sub-bands, one of which is fully occupied and the other empty, as in the composite fermion model.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects
Note the narrowness of the bands as compared with the gaps separating them.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects
FIG. 2: Triplet of narrow bands in which the Landau level is splitted by the action of the Coulomb interaction.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects
The Coulomb interaction breaks the first Landau level in three narrow sub-bands resembling effective Landau levels of composite fermions, one of which is fully occupied and the other two, empty.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects
Assume that both profiles are ’narrow’ so that for both of them Eq. (14) holds.
Rabi spectra - a simple tool for analyzing the limitations of RWA in modelling of the selective population transfer in many-level quantum systems
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