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      pl n   a narrow part of a strait, river, current, etc.  
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1    small in breadth, esp. in comparison to length  
2    limited in range or extent  
3    limited in outlook; lacking breadth of vision  
4    limited in means or resources; meagre  
narrow resources     
5    barely adequate or successful (esp. in the phrase a narrow escape)  
6    painstakingly thorough; minute  
a narrow scrutiny     
7      (Finance)   denoting an assessment of liquidity as including notes and coin in circulation with the public, banks' till money, and banks' balances  
narrow money         Compare       broad       14  
8    Dialect   overcareful with money; parsimonious  
9      (Phonetics)  
a       another word for       tense   1       4  
b    relating to or denoting a transcription used to represent phonetic rather than phonemic distinctions  
c       another word for       close   1       21  
10    (of agricultural feeds) especially rich in protein  
11    narrow squeak  
Informal   an escape only just managed  
12    to make or become narrow; limit; restrict  
13    a narrow place, esp. a pass or strait,   (See also)        narrows  
     (Old English nearu; related to Old Saxon naru)  
  narrowly      adv  
  narrowness      n  

narrow boat  
      n   a long narrow bargelike boat with a beam of 2.1 metres (7 feet) or less, used on canals  
narrow gauge  
1    a railway track with a smaller distance between the lines than the standard gauge of 56½ inches  
  narrow-gauge, narrow-gauged  
2    of, relating to, or denoting a railway with a narrow gauge  
      adj   having a biased or illiberal viewpoint; bigoted, intolerant, or prejudiced  
  narrow-mindedly      adv  
  narrow-mindedness      n  
narrow seas  
      pl n   the channels between Great Britain and the Continent and Great Britain and Ireland  
straight and narrow  
Informal   the proper, honest, and moral path of behaviour  
     (perhaps an alteration of strait and narrow, an allusion to Matthew 7:14: ``strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life'')  

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channel, gulf, passage, sound, straits  

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1    circumscribed, close, confined, constricted, contracted, cramped, incapacious, limited, meagre, near, pinched, restricted, scanty, straitened, tight  
2    biased, bigoted, dogmatic, illiberal, insular, intolerant, narrow-minded, partial, prejudiced, puritan, reactionary, small-minded  
3    attenuated, fine, slender, slim, spare, tapering, thin  
4    exclusive, select  
5      (informal)   avaricious, close     (informal)   mean, mercenary, niggardly, ungenerous  
6    circumscribe, constrict, diminish, limit, reduce, simplify, straiten, tighten  
1    ample, big, broad, generous, open, spacious, wide  
2    broad-minded, generous, liberal, receptive, tolerant  
3    broad, wide  
5    generous, liberal  

biased, bigoted, conservative, hidebound, illiberal, insular, intolerant, opinionated, parochial, petty, prejudiced, provincial, reactionary, short-sighted, small-minded, strait-laced  
   broad-minded, catholic, cosmopolitan, freethinking, indulgent, open-minded, permissive, tolerant, unprejudiced  

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having a changeable luster or color with an undulating narrow band of white light
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