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Meaning of NARROW

Pronunciation:  'narow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
  2. [adj]  lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view; "a brilliant but narrow-minded judge"; "narrow opinions"
  3. [adj]  characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination; "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report"
  4. [adj]  limited in size or scope; "the narrow sense of a word"
  5. [adj]  not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
  6. [adj]  very limited in degree; "won by a narrow margin"; "a narrow escape"
  7. [v]  become tight or as if tight; "Her throat constricted"
  8. [v]  make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"
  9. [v]  become more special; "We specialize in dried flowers"
  10. [v]  define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"

NARROW is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: bare(a), careful, closed-minded, close-minded, constrict, constricting, constrictive, constringe, contract, dogmatic, dogmatical, illiberal, intolerant, limited, marginal, minute, nail down, narrow down, narrowed, narrowing, narrow-minded, opinionated, opinionative, peg down, petty, pin down, self-opinionated, slender, small-minded, specify, strait, straplike, tapered, tapering, thin
 Antonyms: branch out, broad, broaden, broad-minded, diversify, wide, widen
 See Also: alter, astringe, bottleneck, change, concretize, determine, narrow, narrow, narrow down, overspecialise, overspecialize, pin down, sound, specialise, specialize, strait, strangulate, taper off, tighten, vary, Verrazano Narrows



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nar"row\, a. [Compar. {Narrower}; 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.
             Hath passed in safety through the narrow seas.
    2. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
             The Jews were but a small nation, and confined to a
             narrow compass in the world.          --Bp. Wilkins.
    3. Having but a little margin; having barely sufficient
       space, time, or number, etc.; close; near; -- with special
       reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot;
       a narrow escape; a narrow majority. --Dryden.
    4. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow
    5. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a
       narrow mind; narrow views. ``A narrow understanding.''
    6. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
             A very narrow and stinted charity.    --Smalridge.
    7. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
             But first with narrow search I must walk round This
             garden, and no corner leave unspied.  --Milton.
    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.
    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.
    {Narrow gauge}. (Railroad) See Note under {Gauge}, n., 6.
  2. \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.
          Near the island lay on one side the jaws of a dangerous
          narrow.                                  --Gladstone.
  3. \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.
    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
             Our knowledge is much more narrowed if we confine
             ourselves to our own solitary reasonings. --I.
    3. (Knitting) To contract the size of, as a stocking, by
       taking two stitches into one.
  4. \Nar"row\, v. i.
    1. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as,
       the sea narrows into a strait.
    2. (Man.) Not to step out enough to the one hand or the
       other; as, a horse narrows. --Farrier's Dict.
    3. (Knitting) To contract the size of a stocking or other
       knit article, by taking two stitches into one.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming about narrow spaces, suggests that great struggles await you on your journey. You may feel restricted and confined. Alternatively, it is symbolic of female sexuality.
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