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Definition of narrow:

  1. A narrow passage; esp., a contracted part of a stream, lake, or sea; a strait connecting two bodies of water; - usually in the plural; as, The Narrows of New York harbor.
  2. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views.
  3. 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; as e ( eve) and / ( f/ d), etc., from i ( ill) and / ( f/ t), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 13.
  4. Having but a little margin; having barely sufficient space, time, or number, etc.; close; near; - with special reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow majority.
  5. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances.
  6. Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows.
  7. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem.
  8. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
  9. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
  10. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
  11. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait.
  12. 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.
  13. To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.
  14. To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.
  15. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of.


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