1. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem.
  2. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
  3. Having but a little margin; having barely sufficient space, time, or number, etc.; close; near; -- with special reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow majority.
  4. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances.
  5. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views.
  6. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
  7. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
  8. 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; as e (eve) and / (f/d), etc., from i (ill) and / (f/t), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 13.


  1. A narrow passage; esp., a contracted part of a stream, lake, or sea; a strait connecting two bodies of water; -- usually in the plural; as, The Narrows of New York harbor.

v. t.

  1. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of.
  2. To contract the reach or sphere of; to make less liberal or more selfish; to limit; to confine; to restrict; as, to narrow one's views or knowledge; to narrow a question in discussion.
  3. To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.

v. i.

  1. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait.
  2. Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows.
  3. To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.