Adjective "narrow" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of small width in relation to length.
  1. 'In some cases, relatively narrow streets have been provided as alternate routes, compromising road safety.'
  2. 'Shin length pants, narrow or flared at the bottom.'
  3. 'They turned back down the hill and rode through the narrow passageway into the city.'
  4. 'The mass of soldiers squirmed through the all too narrow alleyway as they escaped from the ambush.'
  5. 'A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge.'
  6. 'Legroom is abundant for the front and middle seats although the latter are a bit narrow.'
  7. 'They rushed out of the narrow passageway and came out of the cave.'
  8. 'I was on a good but rather narrow road when the phone rang.'
  9. 'The driver nodded once and pressed a narrow strip of metal to the floor.'
  10. 'Laminate flooring is made of long, narrow lengths of high-density fibre, generally with a photograph of wood on top, coated with an acrylic lacquer.'
Limited in extent, amount, or scope.
  1. 'The applicant's construction gives it a very narrow scope, virtually limited to prohibiting what is already an offence under the general criminal law.'
  2. 'It's easy to become an ‘expert’ when the scope is narrow and you are part of the rule-maker set.'
  3. 'Artists interested in saturation effects usually paint in a fairly narrow range of hues.'
  4. 'I didn't mean to imply that your statements were narrow in scope.'
  5. 'In both cases, liberty refers to the freedom of person within comparatively narrow confines.'
  6. 'We do believe that he continues to operate in a fairly narrow range.'
  7. 'Her discussion is wide-ranging, whereas the focus of this comment will be narrow.'
  8. 'The political spectrum has become narrower with the ideological battleground moving to the right.'
  9. 'Like others, we have huge concerns about scopes of practice becoming narrow and restrictive.'
  10. 'It obliges us to be stripped of our illusions, our narrow and self-serving views.'
  11. 'It's a fine moment, and one that could have been looked at more closely, especially considering the film's rather narrow view of music history.'
  12. 'In contrast to British music's narrow mindset, Jamaica has always embraced the most outlandish musical idiosyncrasies imaginable.'
  13. 'Passion and commitment can be rather focused, occasionally ranging into the narrow point of view.'
  14. 'The theatre is also reviving three short plays in the hope that it will help enlighten people about narrow mindsets, prejudice, parochialism etc.'
  15. 'It was a man's world, and being a man of his time, he had very narrow beliefs and lived in a totally egocentric world.'
  16. 'Those who accuse us of social engineering often have very narrow, rigid view about the way the world should be and everyone should conform with that.'
  17. 'The perception of lactose intolerance as a health problem is a rather narrow Western view.'
  18. 'There are many objections that spring to mind - is that not a narrow view, intolerant, prejudicial to the good health of society?'
  19. 'This existing mindset is narrow, but perhaps at this point, this is understandable, given the previous situation and intimidation.'
  20. 'the idea of nationalism in the narrowest sense of the word'
  21. 'It's a narrow definition of freedom, yes, but necessary under the circumstances, we've all been told a hundred times if we've been told once.'
  22. 'But unfortunately, all that goes under the name of progress does not truly represent progress, even in the narrow economic sense of the term.'
  23. 'Such protectionist perspectives and narrow definitions of critical media literacy set themselves against the pleasures the media provide.'
  24. 'Blues has tended to suffer because a narrow definition stereotypes the format as depressing where songs entail losing women, jobs and dogs.'
  25. 'They have extremely narrow definitions of good music.'
  26. 'Since then, some critics have objected to the editors' contentious remarks and their narrow definition of Asian American literature.'
  27. 'Although the Old Testament is a literature about an ancient people called Israel, it is not simply a national literature in any narrow sense.'
  28. 'In the PC world of academia, that definition can become awfully narrow.'
  29. 'Here I am thinking primarily of ethical difficulties, not linguistic or literary difficulties in the narrow sense.'
  30. 'But I must say it's a very narrow definition of comfort.'
  31. 'A narrow phonetic transcription of the yaourt lyrics will show how various formal features are employed to create the semblance of English.'
Denoting or relating to a contest that is won or lost by only a very small margin.
  1. 'The Lions escaped with a narrow four-point victory, topping Waterloo 73-69.'
  2. 'The Tories marshalled their forces, undermined the shadow budget before it was published and squeaked a narrow victory despite an economy struggling to emerge from a long recession.'
  3. 'Wellstone lost that election, but the campaign was an important step toward his narrow victory in the 1990 U.S. Senate race.'
  4. 'Falcon retakes the lead here, though its margins of victory remain narrow.'
  5. 'The two major parties at the first federal elections were free-traders and protectionists, with the latter securing a narrow victory, though not a parliamentary majority.'
  6. 'The margin of victory was surprisingly narrow, at just over 5 per cent.'
  7. 'So one narrow defeat, by a mere one goal margin, made a world of difference to the team's eventual standing.'
  8. 'Brisbane's narrow win was marred by a refereeing controversy in the 32nd minute.'
Denoting a vowel pronounced with the root of the tongue drawn back so as to narrow the pharynx.
  1. 'A narrow diphthong has less movement: in RP, the vowel of day, which moves from half-close to close.'


Become or make less wide.
  1. with object 'the Victoria Embankment was built to narrow the river'
  2. 'But at the bottom of the pay scale, the gap narrows to just 6%, the figures show.'
  3. 'The inhaled bronchodilators relieve only the airway narrowing from spasm of the bronchial smooth muscle.'
  4. 'He had been told that the gorge narrowed to the point where only the river could pass in regions.'
  5. 'There are fireworks that resemble silver flying fishes as they soar upwards with a loud hiss, leaving behind a fiery trail that narrows to a dot and explodes in a flash of yellow-red flame.'
  6. 'Plaque can grow and can considerably narrow the artery, so the artery becomes constricted and the elasticity is reduced.'
  7. 'Beyond Nakalele the road grows more scenic as it narrows to barely a lane and a half wide in places; go slow and honk on blind hairpin turns.'
  8. 'The roughly oval outline, which narrows to a neck at the bottom, defines a head that is fused with the cityscape.'
  9. 'Bumper to bumper we proceeded, the road narrowed and things became hairy.'
  10. 'The pace soon slows as the road narrows to a rocky rollercoaster single track, changing often and abruptly and leaving most newcomers flailing for gears.'
  11. 'It narrows to such a degree that there is a risk of becoming wedged by the surge.'
  12. no object 'her eyes narrowed as she looked at him'
  13. 'Gwyn's eyes widened in shock, then narrowed dangerously.'
  14. 'Eddie's blue gaze was narrowed in absolute fury.'
  15. 'She was still reading that Emily Dickinson book, her green eyes narrowed in concentration.'
  16. 'His eyes narrowed in thought as he pulled his head away from the second microscope.'
  17. 'And those widened eyes narrowed to slits in an instant, anger flashing in that faded gaze.'
  18. 'Crystal drew it as fast as she could, eyes narrowed to slits in anger.'
  19. 'Her eyes narrowed in concentration as she tied the band loosely over his soft locks.'
  20. 'She nodded, eyes narrowing slightly in suspicion.'
  21. 'As she locked eyes with him, her own eyes narrowed in disgust.'
  22. 'And those same blue eyes widened in understanding before narrowing in hatred.'
Become or make more limited in extent or scope.
  1. 'the trade surplus narrowed to £70 m in January'
  2. 'I can't say that it is, because part of me feels that admitting that would be to narrow the scope of my world to that of Proust's.'
  3. 'We're narrowed what we carry down to items our customers want.'
  4. 'During World War I the term was narrowed to mean an individual's total renunciation of war and social violence.'
  5. 'Twenty-five contestants entered and the field was narrowed to five finalists.'
  6. 'But most prevention programs have been extremely narrow in scope.'
  7. 'Such arguments generate a very narrow and limited way of thinking, making it harder to explore and consider questions about what makes us human, about rights, and so on.'
  8. 'Policymakers, on the other hand, tend to narrow the scope of science to that of a body of technique, or emphasise its links to business.'
  9. 'It's the attempt to force our brains to do backflips that is making us so hostile: his work cannot be narrowed to something that we can pinpoint.'
  10. 'In sum, the institutions were historically narrow in scope and have eroded further because of state interventions.'
  11. 'But it's too narrow a scope, and we've got to start contending.'


A narrow channel connecting two larger areas of water.
  1. 'He was fishing up on the currents near the narrows.'
  2. 'However, take your boat up past the cages and through the narrows, and the loch opens up into an even more spectacular vista.'
  3. 'We continue, without rest, for several identical pitches, through the narrows, to the first apron above the cliffs.'
  4. 'Seas were smoother within the narrows of the Dardanelles and once the kayakers had rounded the Gallipoli peninsular, they were protected from the seasonal north easterly.'
  5. 'The narrows of the big lakes, or eda, were key areas where the Dené sohné knew they could find caribou.'
  6. 'In the Khumbu glacier region, the narrows either side of the Khumbu icefall are leucogranite cliffs beneath the Lhotse Detachment, which ramps down to the east.'
  7. 'These narrows are all still regarded as strategically vital, for they connect the oceans and are the best roads to Antarctica - which is, of course, disputed by Argentina and Chile.'
  8. 'This ‘hill of the thunderbolt’ rises gracefully above the narrows of Loch Leven at Balla-chulish and is a fine looking mountain from whatever direction you view it.'
  9. 'Since the Gorge is a tidal waterway, the current from the narrows shoots crews out.'
  10. 'On the afternoon of May 14, Glenure crossed the narrows of Loch Leven from Callart by the old Ballachulish ferry en route to Kentallan.'


1. of little breadth or width; not broad or wide; not as wide as usual or expected: a narrow path.

2. limited in extent or space; affording little room: narrow quarters.

3. limited in range or scope: a narrow sampling of public opinion.

4. lacking breadth of view or sympathy, as persons, the mind, or ideas: a narrow man, knowing only his professional specialty; a narrow mind.

5. with little margin to spare; barely adequate or successful; close: a

More examples(as adjective)

"volumes can be narrow because of states."

"trades can be narrow with volumes."

"trades can be narrow to politicses."

"taxes can be narrow in applications."

"spreads can be narrow in weeks."

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Old English nearu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naar ‘dismal, unpleasant’ and German Narbe ‘scar’. Early senses in English included ‘constricted’ and ‘mean’.


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