Definitions of narrow

  1. To become less broad: to contract; not to take ground enough, said of a horse.
  2. To make or grow narrow.
  3. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of.
  4. 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.
  5. To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.
  6. To lessen the breadth or extent of; contract; restrict.
  7. To make narrow: to contract or confine.
  8. To make narrow.
  9. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait.
  10. Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows.
  11. To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.
  12. To become less broad.
  13. To become narrow.
  14. become tight or as if tight; " Her throat constricted"
  15. define clearly; " I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
  16. To lessen the breadth of; to contract in extent; to draw into a smaller compass; to confine.
  17. To contract; to lessen the breadth of; to limit; to confine.
  18. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem.
  19. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
  20. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances.
  21. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views.
  22. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
  23. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
  24. 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.
  25. A strait; a narrow passage.
  26. a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
  27. 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.
  28. Narrowness.
  29. ( oftener used in the pl.) A narrow passage, channel, or strait.
  30. A narrow passage; strait.
  31. N. mindedness.
  32. A narrow or contracted passage; a strait. Narrow cloths, those which are under thirty- two inches wide those above that width being called broad cloths. Narrow gauge, when the rails are placed 4ft. 8 1/ 2 in, apart.
  34. characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination; " a minute inspection of the grounds"; " a narrow scrutiny"; " an exact and minute report"
  35. lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view; " a brilliant but narrow- minded judge"; " narrow opinions"
  36. limited in size or scope; " the narrow sense of a word"
  37. not wide; " a narrow bridge"; " a narrow line across the page"
  38. very limited in degree; " won by a narrow margin"; " a narrow escape"
  39. 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.
  40. Of little breadth or width; limited; straitened; as, narrow circumstances; lacking broadness of view; close; near.
  41. Of little breadth or extent: limited: contracted in mind: bigoted: not liberal: selfish: within a small distance: close: accurate: careful.
  42. Having little breadth or extent; illiberal; close.
  43. Having little distance from side to side; limited; illiberal.
  44. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; very limited; straitened; covetous; contracted; not liberal; near; close; scrutinizing; barely sufficient to avoid evil.
  45. Not broad or wide; having little distance from side to side; close; near; contracted; straitened; contracted in mind; bigoted; not liberal; scrutinising.