If something narrows or if you narrow it, its extent or range becomes smaller. Most recent opinion polls suggest that the gap between the two main parties has narrowed Senate negotiators further narrowed their differences over the level of federal spending for anti-drug programs. widen + narrowing nar·row·ing a narrowing of the gap between rich members and poor
If you have a narrow escape, something unpleasant nearly happens to you. Two police officers had a narrow escape when separatists attacked their vehicles. + narrowly nar·row·ly Five firemen narrowly escaped death when a staircase collapsed beneath their feet
a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed" limited in size or scope; "the narrow sense of a word" not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page" very limited in degree; "won by a narrow margin"; "a narrow escape
disapproval If you describe someone's ideas, attitudes, or beliefs as narrow, you disapprove of them because they are restricted in some way, and often ignore the more important aspects of an argument or situation. a narrow and outdated view of family life = limited broad + narrowly nar·row·ly They're making judgments based on a narrowly focused vision of the world. + narrowness nar·row·ness the narrowness of their mental and spiritual outlook
If you have a narrow victory, you succeed in winning but only by a small amount. Delegates have voted by a narrow majority in favour of considering electoral reform. + narrowly nar·row·ly She narrowly failed to win enough votes + narrowness nar·row·ness The narrowness of the government's victory reflected deep division within the Party
If your eyes narrow or if you narrow your eyes, you almost close them, for example because you are angry or because you are trying to concentrate on something. Coggins' eyes narrowed angrily. `You think I'd tell you?' He paused and narrowed his eyes in concentration. widen
Something that is narrow measures a very small distance from one side to the other, especially compared to its length or height. through the town's narrow streets She had long, narrow feet. the narrow strip of land joining the peninsula to the rest of the island. wide + narrowness nar·row·ness the narrowness of the river mouth
[ 'nar-(")O ] (adjective.) before 12th century. Middle English narowe, from Old English nearu; akin to Old High German narwa scar.
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