- (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue laterally constricted, as the ee of beet, the oo of boot, etc.; tense.Compare lax1 (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).
Origin of narrow
OTHER WORDS FROM narrow
How to use narrow in a sentence
The wind-whipped blaze’s precise extent and the number of casualties, as people ran through narrow streets to escape, can only be guessed.
In a mosaic, only certain combinations of these two parameters work, forming a narrow swath of shapes that could possibly result from something falling apart.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology|Joshua Sokol|November 19, 2020|Quanta Magazine
On the upper floors, narrow corridors make it easy to bump into people on their way out of a side gallery.You have until Nov. 22 to visit these six Smithsonian museums. Here’s what to expect.|Kelsey Ables|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
To narrow it down, Tuchman and her co-authors focused on the top 500 brands as measured by dollar sales.Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV) (Ep. 440)|Stephen J. Dubner|November 19, 2020|Freakonomics
Whatever kind you get, an extender will narrow the space between your skin and the top of your mask.The best ways to stop a mask from fogging up your glasses, ranked|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 18, 2020|Popular-Science
Then a slowing down, the sound narrowing from a dark mass to a single line.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs|Allen Barra|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This strain of enterovirus seems unusually provocative in irritating lower airways, thereby causing airway 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|Brandon Presser|August 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps most importantly, normalizing marriage is a narrowing, rather than an expanding, of sexual possibility.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?|Jay Michaelson|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He missed Flora's gay letter of gossip, and looked with narrowing lids at the pile of newspapers.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Then graduate the shades back again to white, narrowing the first row of white with the larger mesh.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Unlike his pony prototypes, his was a lengthy, arched neck, held high from narrowing withers and a short back.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
And as the narrowing process progressed, she said, the exhausting or vampire quality grew and grew.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
Opportunities were narrowing down rapidly—the canoe was perilously close, and so many of his bullets went astray.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
British Dictionary definitions for narrow
Derived forms of narrownarrowly, adverbnarrowness, noun
Word Origin for narrow
Other Idioms and Phrases with narrow
In addition to the idiom beginning with narrow
- narrow escape
- straight and narrow