narrow (comparative narrower, superlative narrowest)
- Having a small width; not wide; having opposite edges or sides that are close, especially by comparison to length or depth.
- a narrow hallway
- Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
- The Jews were but a small nation, and confined to a narrow compass in the world.
- (figuratively) Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude.
- a narrow interpretation
- Contracted; of limited scope; bigoted
- a narrow mind
- narrow views
- Having a small margin or degree.
- a narrow escape
- The Republicans won by a narrow majority.
- (dated) Limited as to means; straitened
- narrow circumstances
- Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
- a very narrow and stinted charity
- Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- But first with narrow search I must walk round / This garden, and no corner leave unspied.
- (phonetics) 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.
- French: étroit
- German: eng, begrenzt, schmal
- Italian: stretto, angusto
- Portuguese: estreito, estreita
- Russian: у́зкий
- Spanish: estrecho, angosto
narrow (plural narrows)
- (chiefly, in the plural) A narrow passage, especially a contracted part of a stream, lake, or sea; a strait connecting two bodies of water.
- the Narrows of New York harbor
- Near the island lay on one side the jaws of a dangerous narrow.
narrow (narrows, present participle narrowing; past and past participle narrowed)
- (transitive) To reduce in width or extent; to contract.
- We need to narrow the search.
- (intransitive) To get narrower.
- The road narrows.
- (of a person or eyes) To partially lower one's eyelids in a way usually taken to suggest a defensive, aggressive or penetrating look.
- He stepped in front of me, narrowing his eyes to slits.
- She wagged her finger in his face, and her eyes narrowed.
- (knitting) To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.
- (transitive, programming) To convert to a data type that cannot hold as many distinct values.
- Antonyms: widen
- to narrow an
intvariable to a
- French: réduire, rétrécir
- German: einschränken,beschränken, eng, schlank, schmal
- Portuguese: estreitar
- Russian: сужа́ть
- Spanish: estrechar, angostar