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
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 something narrows, it becomes less wide. The wide track narrows before crossing another stream
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 a narrow and outdated view of family life = limited broad + narrowly nar·row·ly They're making judgments based on a narrowly focused vision of the world.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
characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination; "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report"
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
a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"
Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views
To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of
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
If you narrow down a range of things, you reduce the number of things included in it. What's happened is that the new results narrow down the possibilities I've managed to narrow the list down to twenty-three
disapproval If you describe someone as narrow-minded, you are criticizing them because they are unwilling to consider new ideas or other people's opinions. a narrow-minded bigot. broad-minded + narrow-mindedness narrow-mindedness It is unbelievable that as a result of this narrow-mindedness a group of people should suffer. unwilling to accept or understand new or different ideas, opinions, or customs = prejudiced broadminded
One who, from drunkenness, vomits into the lap of the person sitting opposite to him. (1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue)
Two officers watched the Downs; a Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, an Admiral of the Narrow Seas. For many years Northampton had been Lord Warden, and the kings of Spain had paid him for his treacheries a thousand pounds a-year.
There is now such an immense microliterature on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.
Narrowing means creating a restriction (q v ) that limits the display of message in the current buffer to only some of the messages in the buffer Messages which are not displayed are inaccessible to the user until the buffer is widened again, but it is still there, and saving the folder saves it all See section 17 Narrowing
Narrowing means creating a restriction (q v ) that limits editing in the current buffer to only a part of the text in the buffer Text outside that part is inaccessible to the user until the boundaries are widened again, but it is still there, and saving the file saves it all See section Narrowing
If you look at someone narrowly, you look at them in a concentrated way, often because you think they are not giving you full information about something. He grimaced and looked narrowly at his colleague. see also narrow = closely
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