narrow

narrow
nar•row
[[t]ˈnær oʊ[/t]] adj. -row•er, -row•est, v. n.
1) of little breadth or width
2) affording little room:
narrow quarters[/ex]
3) limited in range or scope
4) lacking breadth of view or sympathy
5) barely adequate or successful; close:
a narrow escape[/ex]
6) careful or minute, as a scrutiny, search, or inquiry
7) limited in amount; meager:
narrow resources[/ex]
8) phn
a) (of a speech sound) tense I, 4)
b) phn (of a phonetic transcription) using a symbol for each phoneme together with supplementary symbols or diacritics to indicate phonetic details
Compare broad 13)
9) to decrease in width or breadth
10) to make narrower
11) to limit or restrict (often fol. by down)
12) to make narrow-minded
13) a narrow part, place, or thing
14) a narrow part of a valley, passage, or road
15) narrows, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a narrow part of a strait, river, ocean current, etc
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE nearu, c. OS naru, MDnare, naernarrow; akin to MHGnarwescar nar′row•ly, adv. nar′row•ness, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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