narrowness


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nar·row

 (năr′ō)
adj. nar·row·er, nar·row·est
1. Of small or limited width, especially in comparison with length.
2. Limited in area or scope; cramped.
3. Lacking flexibility; rigid: narrow opinions.
4. Barely sufficient; close: a narrow margin of victory.
5. Painstakingly thorough or attentive; meticulous: narrow scrutiny.
6. Linguistics Tense.
v. nar·rowed, nar·row·ing, nar·rows
v.tr.
1. To reduce in width or extent; make narrower.
2. To limit or restrict: narrowed the possibilities down to three.
v.intr.
To become narrower; contract.
n.
1. A part of little width, as a pass through mountains.
2. narrows(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. A body of water with little width that connects two larger bodies of water.
b. A part of a river or an ocean current that is not wide.

[Middle English narwe, from Old English nearu.]

nar′row·ish adj.
nar′row·ly adv.
nar′row·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.narrowness - the property of being narrow; having little width; "the narrowness of the road"
width, breadth - the extent of something from side to side
fineness, thinness - the property of being very narrow or thin; "he marvelled at the fineness of her hair"
broadness, wideness - the property of being wide; having great width
2.narrowness - an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior
intolerance - unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
parochialism - a limitation of views or interests like that defined by a local parish
pettiness - narrowness of mind or ideas or views
provincialism - a lack of sophistication
denominationalism, sectarianism - a narrow-minded adherence to a particular sect or party or denomination; "he condemned religious sectarianism"
3.narrowness - a restriction of range or scope; "the problem with achievement tests is the narrowness they impose on students"; "the attraction of the book is precisely its narrowness of focus"; "frustrated by the narrowness of people's horizons"
limitation, restriction - a principle that limits the extent of something; "I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"
4.narrowness - a small margin; "the president was not humbled by his narrow margin of victory"; "the landslide he had in the electoral college obscured the narrowness of a victory based on just 43% of the popular vote"
margin - an amount beyond the minimum necessary; "the margin of victory"

narrowness

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Translations

narrowness

[ˈnærəʊnɪs] N
1. [of road, path, channel] → estrechez f
2. [of victory, defeat] → escaso margen m
3. [of attitude] → lo cerrado
narrowness of mindestrechez f de miras

narrowness

[ˈnærəʊnɪs] n
[river, road] → étroitesse f
[ideas, outlook] → étroitesse f
the narrowness of their mental and spiritual outlook → l'étroitesse de leurs horizons mentaux et spirituels
the narrowness of their attitude
BUT leur étroitesse d'esprit.
[victory, majority] → caractère m étriqué
The narrowness of the government's victory reflected deep division within the Party → Le caractère étriqué de la victoire du gouvernement reflétait les profondes divisions à l'intérieur du parti.
[escape]
He was shaken by the narrowness of his escape → Il était secoué de ne s'en être sorti que de justesse., Il était secoué de ne s'en être sorti que d'extrême justesse.

narrowness

[ˈnærəʊnɪs] nstrettezza
References in classic literature ?
and have always lived one; no matter in what narrowness of means, always a lady.
These rafts were of a shape and construction to suit the crookedness and extreme narrowness of the Neckar.
Times innumerable he and all with him had been threatened with death, and had escaped their doom by the narrowness of a hair-breadth.
When I allowed him to go on a little before, on account of the narrowness of the way, I observed that he carried his head with a lofty air that was particularly unpromising; and my mind misgave me that he had found out about my darling Dora.
The travellers crossed the ditch upon a drawbridge of only two planks breadth, the narrowness of which was matched with the straitness of the postern, and with a little wicket in the exterior palisade, which gave access to the forest.
But great allowances should be given to a king, who lives wholly secluded from the rest of the world, and must therefore be altogether unacquainted with the manners and customs that most prevail in other nations: the want of which knowledge will ever produce many prejudices, and a certain narrowness of thinking, from which we, and the politer countries of Europe, are wholly exempted.
Here, though the weather was calm, we found the sea so rough, that we were tossed as in a high wind for two nights; whether this violent agitation of the water proceeded from the narrowness of the strait, or from the fury of the late storm, I know not; whatever was the cause, we suffered all the hardships of a tempest.
The duchess and the duke came out to the door of the room to receive him, and with them a grave ecclesiastic, one of those who rule noblemen's houses; one of those who, not being born magnates themselves, never know how to teach those who are how to behave as such; one of those who would have the greatness of great folk measured by their own narrowness of mind; one of those who, when they try to introduce economy into the household they rule, lead it into meanness.
An aquiline nose contrasted curiously with the narrowness of her forehead; for it is rare that that form of nose does not carry with it a fine brow.
He trembled a little at the narrowness of his escape.
How could he imagine narrowness, selfishness, hardness in her?
There is no good side--none at least of which you can have any knowledge; for you cannot appreciate the efforts of industry, the achievements of enterprise, or the discoveries of science: narrowness of education and obscurity of position quite incapacitate you from understanding these points; and as to historical and poetical associations, I will not insult you, mademoiselle, by supposing that you alluded to such humbug.