• (dated) Limited as to means; straitened; pinching.

    "narrow circumstances"

  • (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.
  • (figuratively) Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude.

    "a narrow interpretation"

  • Having a small margin or degree.

    "The Republicans won by a narrow majority."

  • Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
  • Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
  • Having a small margin or degree.

    "a narrow escape"

  • Parsimonious; covetous; selfish.
  • Having a small width; not wide; slim; slender; having opposite edges or sides that are close, especially by comparison to length or depth.

    "a narrow hallway"

  • Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted.

    "a narrow mind; narrow views"


  • (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"


  • (knitting) To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.
  • (intransitive) To get narrower.

    "The road narrows."

  • (transitive) To reduce in width or extent; to contract.

    "We need to narrow the search."

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