adjective, nar·row·er, nar·row·est.
- (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue laterally constricted, as the ee of beet, the oo of boot, etc.; tense.Compare lax(def 7).
- (of a phonetic transcription) utilizing a unique symbol for each phoneme and whatever supplementary diacritics are needed to indicate its subphonemic varieties.Compare broad(def 14).
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of narrow
Synonyms for narrow
Examples from the Web for narrowing
Contemporary Examples of narrowing
The village sits along a narrowing vein of the Rio Negro, a tributary of the mighty Amazon.Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa: Why The Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine
August 29, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 295 people aboard crashed and suspicion is narrowing on pro-Russian separatists.Latest News on Malaysian Airliner Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine
The Daily Beast
July 17, 2014
Perhaps most importantly, normalizing marriage is a narrowing, rather than an expanding, of sexual possibility.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?
May 27, 2014
Even show ponies are not exempt from ending up in a narrowing chute that feeds the condemned in single file into the “stun box.”Central Park’s Carriages Saved This Horse
April 24, 2014
We avoid harming innocent civilians not by narrowing our focus to the most dangerous among them.Introducing Tzipi Livni to the Occupation
October 1, 2013
Historical Examples of narrowing
As they walked single-file through the narrowing of a drift, she wondered about him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There is no minister here 'trammelled by long years of narrowing education.'Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Then, suddenly, I became aware that the path of light ahead of us was narrowing.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
Garnache's eyes, narrowing slightly, followed her, like points of steel.
He studied her in silence a moment, with narrowing eyes and tightening lips.
Word Origin for narrow
Old English nearu "narrow, constricted, limited; petty; causing difficulty, oppressive; strict, severe," from West Germanic *narwaz "narrowness" (cf. Frisian nar, Old Saxon naru, Middle Dutch nare, Dutch naar); not found in other Germanic languages and of unknown origin. The narrow seas (c.1400) were the waters between Great Britain and the continent and Ireland. Related: Narrowness.
Old English nearwian "to force in, cramp, confine; become smaller, shrink;" see narrow (adj.). Related: Narrowed; narrowing.
c.1200, nearewe "narrow part, place, or thing," from narrow (adj.). Old English nearu (n.) meant "danger, distress, difficulty," also "prison, hiding place."
In addition to the idiom beginning with narrow
- narrow escape
- straight and narrow