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)
- narrative of the life of frederick douglass,
- narrow boat,
- narrow construction,
- narrow escape,
- narrow gauge,
- narrow seas
Origin of narrow
Examples from the Web for narrowing
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
Even show ponies are not exempt from ending up in a narrowing chute that feeds the condemned in single file into the “stun box.”
We avoid harming innocent civilians not by narrowing our focus to the most dangerous among them.
Even so, it would be the first narrowing of the Patriot Act since its passage.Obama Is Giving Up Some Executive Power, and He’ll Still Get No Credit|Michael Tomasky|August 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Beyond it the hillsides, narrowing in, faded blurred and dim into the hazy distance.The Dust of Conflict|David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lampron started, and turned half around, narrowing his eyes as he peered into the darkness.The Ink-Stain, Complete|Rene Bazin
Outside of the narrowing limits of peopled Christendom, enemies are pressing upon every side.The Eighteen Christian Centuries|James White
“That is an unfair question,” he equivocated, narrowing his eyes whimsically.The Coming of the Law|Charles Alden Seltzer
He was not great enough alone to reconcile the narrowing factors of trade with that warring law within him.
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