Narrow

Definition of Narrow

Nar´row   Pronunciation: năr´rô
a.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.
- Shak.
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{5}; - with special reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow miss; a narrow majority.
4.Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances.
5.Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views.
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 ē (ēve) and Ō (fŌd), etc., from ĭ (ĭll) and Ŏ (fŎt), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, 13.
Narrow gauge
(Railroad) See Note under Gauge, n., 6.
n.1.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.
v. t.1.To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of.
[imp. & p. p. Narrowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Narrowing.]
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 discussion.
Our knowledge is much more narrowed if we confine ourselves to our own solitary reasonings.
- I. Watts.
3.(Knitting) To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.
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.
3.(Knitting) To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.

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