1. A narrow passage, especially a contracted part of a stream, lake, or sea; a strait connecting two bodies of water.
    the Narrows of New York harbor


  1. To reduce in width or extent; to contract.
    We need to narrow the search.
  2. To get narrower.
    The road narrows.
  3. To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.


  1. Having a small width; not wide; slim; slender; having opposite edges or sides that are close, especially by comparison to length or depth.
  2. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
  3. Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude.
  4. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted.
    a narrow mind; narrow views
  5. Having a small margin or degree.
    The Republicans won by a narrow majority.
  6. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching.
    narrow circumstances
  7. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
  8. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
  9. 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.

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