Hypertext Webster Gateway: "narrow"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Narrow \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Narrow \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

Near the island lay on one side the jaws of a dangerous
narrow. --Gladstone.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
[ant: {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}] [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}]
n : 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: {contract}] [ant: {widen}]
2: define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this
game" [syn: {pin down}, {peg down}, {nail down}, {narrow
down}, {specify}]
3: become more special; "We specialize in dried flowers" [syn:
{specialize}, {specialise}, {narrow down}] [ant: {diversify},
4: become tight or or as if tight; "Her throat constricted"
[syn: {constrict}, {constringe}]

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