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 ?
We had been very happy at Columbus, as we were apt to be anywhere, but none of us liked the narrowness of city streets, even so near to the woods as those were, and we were eager for the country again.
Carlyle was a strange combination of greatness and narrowness.
These rafts were of a shape and construction to suit the crookedness and extreme narrowness of the Neckar.
While we smile at the simplicity of his heart and the narrowness of his views, which made him regard everything out of the direct path of his daily duty, and the rigid exigencies of the service, as trivial and impertinent, which inspired him with contempt for the swelling vanity of some of his coadjutors, and the literary exercises and curious researches of others, we cannot but applaud that strict and conscientious devotion to the interests of his employer, and to what he considered the true objects of the enterprise in which he was engaged.
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.
As a youth, by way of the saloon I had escaped from the narrowness of woman's influence into the wide free world of men.
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.
How could he imagine narrowness, selfishness, hardness in her?
From the narrowness of the gorge, and the steepness of its sides, there was no mode of advancing but by wading through the water; stumbling every moment over the impediments which lay hidden under its surface, or tripping against the huge roots of trees.
Oh--" she exclaimed, as if terrified by the narrowness of their escape.
Their features were clear cut and handsome in the extreme; their eyes were well set and large, though a slight narrowness lent them a crafty appearance; the iris, as well as I could determine by moonlight, was of extreme blackness, while the eyeball itself was quite white and clear.
Have clear-cut and handsome features; their eyes are well set and large, though a slight narrowness lends them a crafty appearance.