AskDefine | Define narrow

Dictionary Definition

narrow adj
1 not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page" [ant: wide]
2 limited in size or scope; "the narrow sense of a word"
3 lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view; "a brilliant but narrow-minded judge"; "narrow opinions" [syn: narrow-minded] [ant: broad-minded]
4 very limited in degree; "won by a narrow margin"; "a narrow escape" [ant: wide]
5 characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination; "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report" [syn: minute] n : a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

Verb

1 make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed" [syn: contract] [ant: widen]
2 define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game" [syn: pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, specify]
3 become more special; "We specialize in dried flowers" [syn: specialize, specialise, narrow down] [ant: diversify, diversify]
4 become tight or as if tight; "Her throat constricted" [syn: constrict, constringe]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

Old English nearu

Adjective

  1. 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
  2. Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude.
    a narrow interpretation

Antonyms

Translations

Verb

  1. To reduce in width or extent; to contract.

Translations

  • Spanish: estrechar

Extensive Definition

Narrow may refer to:
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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