narrow [nar-oh] /ˈnær oʊ/ Show IPA adjective, narrower, narrowest, verb, noun
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:
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:
New England. stingy or parsimonious.
(of a vowel) articulated with the tongue laterally constricted, as the ee of beet, the oo of boot, etc.; tense.
(of a phonetic transcription) utilizing a unique symbol for each phoneme and whatever supplementary diacritics are needed to indicate its subphonemic varieties.
(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 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
4. biased, limited, shallow, small-minded.