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NARROW

1. Of few breadth; not wide or broad; having few distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem. "Hath passed in safe through the narrow seas." (Shak) 2. Of few extent; very limited; circumscribed. "The Jews were but a little nation, and confined to a narrow compass in the world." (Bp. Wilkins) 3. Having but a few margin; having hardly sufficient space, time, or number, etc.; close; around; with particular reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow majority. 4. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances. 5. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views. "A narrow understanding." 6. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish. "A very narrow and stinted charity." (Smalridge) 7. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact. "But first with narrow seek I should walk round This garden, and no corner leave unspied." (Milton) 8. 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 oo (food), etc, from i (ill) and oo (foot), etc. Narrow is not unfrequently prefixed to words, especially to participles and adjectives, forming compounds of obvious signification; as, narrow-bordered, narrow-brimmed, narrow-breasted, narrow-edged, narrow-faced, narrow-headed, narrow-leaved, narrow-pointed, narrow-souled, narrow-sphered, etc. Narrow gauge. See Note under Gauge. Origin: OE. Narwe, naru, AS. Nearu; akin to OS. Naru, naro. 1. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a less compass; to reduce the width or extent of. 2. To contract the reach or sphere of; to create smaller liberal or more selfish; to limit; to confine; to restrict; as, to narrow one's views or knowledge; to narrow a question in discussion. "Our knowledge is many more narrowed if we confine ourselves to our own solitary reasonings." (I. Watts) 3. To contract the size of, as a stocking, by assume two stitches into one. Origin: AS. Nearwian. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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