[nar-oh] /ˈnær oʊ/
adjective, narrower, narrowest.
of little breadth or width; not broad or wide; not as wide as usual or expected:
"a narrow path."
limited in extent or space; affording little room:
"narrow quarters."
limited in range or scope:
"a narrow sampling of public opinion."
lacking breadth of view or sympathy, as persons, the mind, or ideas:
"a narrow man, knowing only his professional specialty; a narrow mind."
with little margin to spare; barely adequate or successful; close:
"a narrow escape."
careful, thorough, or minute, as a scrutiny, search, or inquiry.
limited in amount; small; meager:
"narrow resources."
straitened; impoverished:
"narrow circumstances."
New England. stingy or parsimonious.
  1. (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue laterally constricted, as the ee of beet, the oo of boot, etc.; tense.
    Compare lax (def 7).
  2. (of a phonetic transcription) utilizing a unique symbol for each phoneme and whatever supplementary diacritics are needed to indicate its subphonemic varieties.
    Compare broad (def 14).
(of livestock feeds) proportionately rich in protein.
verb (used without object)
to decrease in width or breadth:
"This is where the road narrows."
verb (used with object)
to make narrower.
to limit or restrict (often followed by down):
"to narrow an area of search; to narrow down a contest to three competitors."
to make narrow-minded:
"Living in that village has narrowed him."
a narrow part, place, or thing.
a narrow part of a valley, passage, or road.
narrows, (used with a singular or plural verb) a narrow part of a strait, river, ocean current, etc.
The Narrows, a narrow strait from upper to lower New York Bay, between Staten Island and Long Island. 2 miles (3.2 km) long; 1 mile (1.6 km) wide.
before 900; Middle English; Old English nearu; cognate with Old Saxon naru narrow, Dutch naar unpleasant; akin to German Narbe scar, literally, narrow mark
Related forms
narrowly, adverb
narrowness, noun
overnarrow, adjective
overnarrowly, adverb
overnarrowness, noun
unnarrow, adjective
unnarrowly, adverb
unnarrowed, adjective
4. biased, limited, shallow, small-minded.
Example Sentences for narrow
To show you as a narrow minded ideologue without independent thought, yes.
Each satellite has a small footprint, so its bandwidth can be used only in the narrow geographical area beneath it.
narrow-minded nationalism leads to an ignorant, extremist, and violent world view.
Mongols were narrow-waisted and small-footed, with big heads.
It does have narrow surface features, but they're too small to be seen at this resolution.
It might be too narrow a topic for a full course, they said.
But the real problem with his broadside is that it is too narrow.
Grows in large tufts with flowers in narrow clusters on stiff stalks, flower stalks twice the height of the leaves.
In warm-climate-adapted populations, inhalations are not directed toward the narrow upper part of the nasal cavity for warming.
Thus this is a narrow look, but indeed science can only reveal matter in one narrow discovery at a time.
British Dictionary definitions for narrow
narrow (ˈnærəʊ)
1.  small in breadth, esp in comparison to length
2.  limited in range or extent
3.  limited in outlook; lacking breadth of vision
4.  limited in means or resources; meagre: narrow resources
5.  barely adequate or successful (esp in the phrase a narrow escape)
6.  painstakingly thorough; minute: a narrow scrutiny
7.  finance Compare broad denoting an assessment of liquidity as including notes and coin in circulation with the public, banks' till money, and banks' balances: narrow money
8.  dialect overcareful with money; parsimonious
9.  phonetics
 a.  another word for tense
 b.  relating to or denoting a transcription used to represent phonetic rather than phonemic distinctions
 c.  another word for close
10.  (of agricultural feeds) especially rich in protein
11.  informal narrow squeak an escape only just managed
12.  to make or become narrow; limit; restrict
13.  a narrow place, esp a pass or strait
[Old English nearu; related to Old Saxon naru]

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Word Origin and History for narrow
O.E. nearu, from W.Gmc. *narwaz (cf. Fris. nar, O.S. naro, M.Du. nare), not found in other Gmc. languages and of unknown origin. The verb is O.E. nearwian, from the adj. Narrowly "only by a little" is attested from 1550s. Narrow-gauge railway is 4 feet 8.5 inches or less. The narrow seas (c.1400) were the waters between Great Britain and the continent and Ireland.
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In addition to the idiom beginning with narrow, see straight and narrow.

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