1. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait.
2. (Man.) Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows. Farrier's Dict.
3. (Knitting) To contract the size of a stocking or other knit article, by taking two stitches into one.
(Nar"row*er) n. One who, or that which, narrows or contracts. Hannah More.
1. The act of contracting, or of making or becoming less in breadth or extent.
2. The part of a stocking which is narrowed.
(Nar"row*ly), adv. [AS. nearulice.]
1. With little breadth; in a narrow manner.
2. Without much extent; contractedly.
3. With minute scrutiny; closely; as, to look or watch narrowly; to search narrowly.
4. With a little margin or space; by a small distance; hence, closely; hardly; barely; only just; often with
reference to an avoided danger or misfortune; as, he narrowly escaped.
5. Sparingly; parsimoniously.
(Nar"row-mind`ed) a. Of narrow mental scope; illiberal; mean. Nar"row- mind`ed*ness,
(Nar"row*ness), n. [AS. nearunes.] The condition or quality of being narrow.
(Nart) [For ne art.] Art not. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(||Nar"thex) n. [L., giant fennel, Gr. .]
1. (Bot.) A tall umbelliferous plant See Giant fennel, under Fennel.
2. (Arch.) The portico in front of ancient churches; sometimes, the atrium or outer court surrounded by
ambulatories; used, generally, for any vestibule, lobby, or outer porch, leading to the nave of a church.
(Nar"wal) n. (Zoöl.) See Narwhal.
(Nar"we) a. Narrow. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Nar"whal) n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. nahvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable
is perh. from Icel. nar corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See Whale.] [Written
also narwhale.] (Zoöl.) An arctic cetacean about twenty feet long. The male usually has one long,
twisted, pointed canine tooth, or tusk projecting forward from the upper jaw like a horn, whence it is
called also sea unicorn, unicorn fish, and unicorn whale. Sometimes two horns are developed, side
(Nas) [For ne was.] Was not. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Nas). [Contr. fr. ne has.] Has not. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Na"sal) a. [F., from L. nasus the nose. See Nose.]