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)
Words nearby narrow
Origin of narrow
OTHER WORDS FROM narrow
Examples from the Web for narrows
Daniel Gross narrows down the list of suspects, from Elizabeth Warren and Wall Street to the brilliant economist himself.The Larry Summers Whodunit: Who Killed His Shot at Running the Fed?|Daniel Gross|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It narrows your options on how you will spend your time, money and attention.Gay People Want Their Families to Be Treated Like Everyone Else|Justin Green|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, getting too close to the threshold dramatically raises your risk and narrows your choices.
The headline screamed across the homepage of the Drudge Report: ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; CONDI EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER.How the Drudge Report, With Its Condoleezza Rice ‘Scoop,’ Again Rules the Media|Lauren Ashburn|July 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The next day three heavy battleships steamed sluggishly through the Narrows and came to anchor in the bay.The Harbor|Ernest Poole
As we shot through the Iberian narrows on our frantic voyage hither, my entire store was blown out of my hands and away to sea.Hypolympia|Edmund Gosse
Orillia, just within the narrows, appears to have been a site more suited to the needs or tastes of the public.Toronto of Old|Henry Scadding
We waited till it was dark and then marched down the lake to the First Narrows, which we reached about two in the morning.Ben Comee|M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
There are many islands, especially in the so-called “Narrows,” thus greatly enhancing the scenic effect.Geology|William J. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for narrows (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for narrows (2 of 2)
Derived forms of narrownarrowly, adverbnarrowness, noun
Word Origin for narrow
Idioms and Phrases with narrows
In addition to the idiom beginning with narrow
- narrow escape
- straight and narrow