The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

6 definitions found
 for narrow
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.
        [1913 Webster]
              Hath passed in safety through the narrow seas.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
        [1913 Webster]
              The Jews were but a small nation, and confined to a
              narrow compass in the world.          --Bp. Wilkins.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow
        [1913 Webster]
     5. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a
        narrow mind; narrow views. "A narrow understanding."
        [1913 Webster]
     6. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
        [1913 Webster]
              A very narrow and stinted charity.    --Smalridge.
        [1913 Webster]
     7. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
        [1913 Webster]
              But first with narrow search I must walk round
              This garden, and no corner leave unspied. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
           [1913 Webster]
     Narrow gauge. (Railroad) See Note under Gauge, n., 6.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Narrow \Nar"row\, v. i.
     1. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as,
        the sea narrows into a strait.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Man.) Not to step out enough to the one hand or the
        other; as, a horse narrows. --Farrier's Dict.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Knitting) To contract the size of a stocking or other
        knit article, by taking two stitches into one.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     [1913 Webster]
           Near the island lay on one side the jaws of a dangerous
           narrow.                                  --Gladstone.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
        [1913 Webster]
     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
        [1913 Webster]
              Our knowledge is much more narrowed if we confine
              ourselves to our own solitary reasonings. --I.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Knitting) To contract the size of, as a stocking, by
        taking two stitches into one.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the
             page" [ant: broad, 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, narrow] [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, narrow]
      n 1: 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: narrow,
           contract] [ant: widen]
      2: define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this
         game" [syn: pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow
         down, narrow, specify]
      3: become more focus on an area of activity or field of study;
         "She specializes in Near Eastern history" [syn: specialize,
         specialise, narrow, narrow down] [ant: branch out,
         broaden, diversify]
      4: become tight or as if tight; "Her throat constricted" [syn:
         constrict, constringe, narrow]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  405 Moby Thesaurus words for "narrow":
     Lenten, Quakerish, Spartan, Victorian, abate, abbreviate,
     abstemious, accented, accurate, adjust to, alter, alveolar,
     angustifoliate, angustirostrate, angustisellate, angustiseptal,
     apical, apico-alveolar, apico-dental, articulated, ascetic,
     assimilated, assuage, attentive, attenuated, austere,
     authoritarian, back, badly off, barytone, be into, be strong in,
     bigot, bigoted, bilabial, borne, bound, bounded, box, box in,
     box up, broad, cacuminal, careful, censorious, central, cerebral,
     channel, checked, chinchy, circumscribe, circumscribed, close,
     close-fitting, closed, coarct, compact, compress, concentrate,
     condense, condition, conditioned, confine, confined, confining,
     conscientious, consolidate, consonant, consonantal, constrict,
     constricted, constringe, contain, continuant, contract, copyright,
     copyrighted, correct, cramp, cramped, creedbound, critical,
     crowded, curtail, deaf, deaf to reason, decrease, delicate,
     demanding, demure, denotative, dental, detailed, determinate,
     diminish, discipline, disciplined, dissimilated, distill,
     distressed, dorsal, down to bedrock, draw, draw in, draw the line,
     draw together, dwarfed, dwarfish, embarrassed, ethnocentric, exact,
     exacting, exceptional, excluding, exclusive, exclusory, exigent,
     exiguous, exquisite, fanatical, feature, feeling the pinch, fine,
     finical, finicking, finicky, finite, fixed, flat, focus, follow,
     front, frugal, fussy, glide, glossal, glottal, go in, go in for,
     guttural, hairbreadth, hard, hard up, heavy, hedge, hedge about,
     hem, hem in, hidebound, high, ill off, illiberal, impecunious,
     impoverished, in Queer Street, in narrow circumstances,
     in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances,
     inadmissible, incapacious, incommodious, ineffectual, inexorable,
     inflexible, insular, intolerant, intonated, isthmian, isthmic,
     jejune, keep from spreading, keep within bounds, knit, labial,
     labiodental, labiovelar, land-poor, lateral, lax, lean, leaven,
     lessen, light, limit, limited, lingual, liquid, little,
     little-minded, localize, low, lucky, major in, meager, mean,
     mean-minded, mean-spirited, mercenary, meticulous, mid,
     mid-Victorian, mingy, minor in, minute, miserly, mitigate,
     moderate, moderated, modify, modulate, monophthongal, muted,
     narrow-hearted, narrow-minded, narrow-souled, narrow-spirited,
     narrowed, narrowing, narrows, nasal, nasalized, near, nearsighted,
     nice, niggard, niggardly, obdurate, occlusive, old-maidish,
     on the edge, open, out of pocket, overmodest, oversimplify,
     oxytone, palatal, palatalized, palliate, paltry, parochial,
     parsimonious, particular, passage, patent, patented, petty,
     pharyngeal, pharyngealized, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pinched,
     pitch, pitched, poor, poorly off, posttonic, precise,
     precisianistic, precisionistic, preclusive, prescribed,
     prescriptive, preventive, priggish, prim, prohibitive, proscribed,
     provincial, prudish, pucker, pucker up, punctilious, punctual,
     puny, purblind, purify, puritanical, purse, pursue, qualified,
     qualify, reduce, reduce to elements, reduced, refine, refined,
     register, regulate by, religious, restrain, restrict, restricted,
     restrictive, retroflex, rigid, rigorous, rounded, sanctimonious,
     scant, scanty, scrawny, scrimp, scrimpy, scrupulous, scrutinizing,
     searching, season, seclusive, segregative, select, selective,
     semivowel, separative, set, set conditions, set limits, sharp,
     short, short of cash, short of funds, shorten, shortsighted,
     simplify, skimp, skimpy, slender, slight, slim, small,
     small-minded, smug, snape, snobbish, soft, soften, solidify,
     sonant, spare, sparing, specialize, specialize in, squeezed,
     starvation, stiff-necked, stingy, stint, stinted, stopped, strait,
     straiten, straitened, straitlaced, straits, strangle, strangulate,
     strapped, streamline, stressed, strict, strip down, strong, stuffy,
     stunted, subsistence, subtle, surd, syllabic, taper, tapering,
     temper, tense, thick, thin, throaty, tight, tight-fisted, tighten,
     tonal, tonic, twangy, unaccented, uncatholic, uncharitable,
     ungenerous, unliberal, unmoneyed, unnourishing, unnutritious,
     unprosperous, unrounded, unstressed, velar, vocalic, vocoid,
     voiced, voiceless, vowel, vowellike, watered, watery, weak, wide,
     wrinkle, xenophobic

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229