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 for Narrow gauge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Narrow \Nar"row\ (n[a^]r"r[-o]), a. [Compar. Narrower
     (n[a^]r"r[-o]*[~e]r); 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.
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              Hath passed in safety through the narrow seas.
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     2. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
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              The Jews were but a small nation, and confined to a
              narrow compass in the world.          --Bp. Wilkins.
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     3. 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. --Dryden.
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     4. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow
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     5. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a
        narrow mind; narrow views. "A narrow understanding."
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     6. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
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              A very narrow and stinted charity.    --Smalridge.
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     7. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
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              But first with narrow search I must walk round
              This garden, and no corner leave unspied. --Milton.
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     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.
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     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.
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     Narrow gauge. (Railroad) See Note under Gauge, n., 6.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  narrow gauge
      n 1: a railroad track (or its width) narrower than the standard
           56.5 inches

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "narrow gauge":
     angustifoliate, angustirostrate, angustisellate, angustiseptal,
     authoritarian, bigot, bigoted, borne, circumscribed, close,
     close-fitting, closed, confined, constricted, cramp, cramped,
     creedbound, crowded, deaf, deaf to reason, fanatical, hidebound,
     illiberal, incapacious, incommodious, insular, isthmian, isthmic,
     limited, little, little-minded, meager, mean, mean-minded,
     mean-spirited, narrow, narrow-hearted, narrow-minded,
     narrow-souled, narrow-spirited, near, nearsighted, parochial,
     petty, provincial, purblind, restricted, scant, scanty,
     shortsighted, slender, small, small-minded, strait, straitlaced,
     stuffy, tight, uncatholic, uncharitable, ungenerous, unliberal

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