Definition of narrowness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnerōnəs/ /ˈnɛroʊnəs/

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  • 1Small width in relation to length.

    ‘the narrowness of the tunnels deters many from entering’
    • ‘concerns about the narrowness of the roads’
    • ‘The very narrowness of the Channel meant that only short voyages were necessary.’
    • ‘Because of the height and narrowness of most hospital beds, the consequences of a newborn falling from an adult bed can be serious.’
    • ‘They came up in single file, owing to the narrowness of the passage.’
    • ‘The narrowness of the track startled me, after being accustomed to the breadth of the trail.’
    • ‘Though it is not the country's largest, narrowest, or deepest canyon, the Black Canyon provides an unsurpassed combination of depth and narrowness.’
    • ‘What the film does best is to really give people a sense of the claustrophobic narrowness of these caves.’
    • ‘There are challenging physical conditions in the steepness of the site and the narrowness of the terraces.’
    • ‘The narrowness of the aisles between the shelves helped convey that superstore feeling of goods looming in abundance.’
    • ‘With the narrowness of the streets and the thinness of residents' walls, it is hard to insulate yourself from the dramas and catastrophes of the people who live near you.’
    • ‘The square of her shoulders contrasted with the narrowness of her waist, and the latter contrasted with the broadness of her hips.’
    • ‘The street's narrowness does not permit a swift entrance by the police.’
    • ‘There is a traffic jam on a regular basis in the Shaheed Gunj area due to the narrowness of the lanes.’
    • ‘Wide, large spectacle frames will counteract the face's narrowness.’
    • ‘She criticised the narrowness of the parking spaces at this key central location.’
  • 2Limited extent, amount, or scope.

    ‘education has to compensate for the narrowness of local horizons’
    • ‘a weakness of his work is the narrowness of the sources’
    • ‘Despite the relative narrowness of his subject matter, his poetry remains fresh and contemporary.’
    • ‘It was not widely read because of the narrowness of the legal reasoning.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the narrowness of the survey has tended to get lost in media coverage of it.’
    • ‘Two chief factors are those of narrowness of focus and imprecision of terminology.’
    • ‘Earlier case studies elucidate more clearly the perceived narrowness of explanations that have typically prevailed in the literature in the past.’
    • ‘Both A-Levels and Scottish Highers are castigated for their narrowness of subject matter.’
    • ‘She kicked out against the the boredom, repetitiveness and narrowness of women's lives.’
    • ‘This narrowness of perspective tends to significantly limit clinical psychology's scope of research and practice.’
    • ‘He believes the situation is becoming worse, leading to a 'worrying narrowness in historical understanding'.’
    • ‘The extreme narrowness of using a single keyword search was summed up eloquently by the speaker when he said: "Imagine walking up to a librarian and saying, 'travel'."’
    • ‘The Focus Group cautioned the pharmacy academy to "remain cognizant of the educational narrowness possible in the professional curriculum development process."’
    • ‘The narrowness of the guidelines may result in delayed tumour diagnosis.’
    1. 2.1Limited willingness or ability to appreciate alternative views.
      ‘this distasteful reference revealed the narrowness of his outlook’
      • ‘narrowness of vision and understanding’
      • ‘He often criticises architects for the narrowness of their vision.’
      • ‘The narrowness of his perspective ultimately detracts from his ability to objectively evaluate the merits of the works he considers.’
      • ‘I would urge the community to not get into a place of rigidity and narrowness where they can't view the whole and what is at stake.’
      • ‘It seems as if the conference organizers are indulging in aggressive ideological narrowness.’
      • ‘The magazine is pragmatic, plainspoken, populist, contemptuous of the Right's narrowness, and incredulous before the Left's convolutions.’
      • ‘I reproached myself bitterly for narrowness and ingratitude.’
      • ‘He is beset both by theological doubts and by distress at the narrowness and hypocrisy of his colleagues and congregations.’
      • ‘I reflect for a time upon my own life and dwell a little on the insignificance of my efforts, the selfishness of my concerns, the narrowness of my sympathies.’
      • ‘A writer in the public realm, he attacked narrowness, bigotry, and injustice wherever he found it.’
      • ‘This distasteful reference clearly revealed the narrowness of his outlook.’
      • ‘Universities where such freedom of thought and opinion is not nurtured and protected will soon find themselves enslaved to narrowness, bigotry and intolerance.’
  • 3The fact of a victory being achieved with only a small margin.

    ‘the narrowness of the vote shows there is everything to fight for’
    • ‘there is a warning in the narrowness of the victory’
    • ‘The narrowness of their own escape struck him.’
    • ‘The sheer narrowness of the Republican majority in the House meant that the next set of Congressional mid-term elections would assume an almost Presidential-like importance.’
    • ‘Look at the narrowness of the margin last time: five to four.’
    • ‘Some may point to the narrowness of these losing margins and claim that luck has not been a friend.’
    • ‘The narrowness of the victory for the "No" side - a majority of less than 10,000 votes - gives pause for thought.’
    • ‘He admitted to feeling uncomfortable at the narrowness of his majority over the opposition candidate.’
    • ‘His authority had been gravely damaged by the narrowness of yesterday's victory.’
    • ‘Given the narrowness of their margin, they have a very limited ability to get anything done.’
    • ‘This late development has incensed many political actors and citizens, given the narrowness of the ruling party's command in Parliament.’
    • ‘Despite the narrowness of the final scoreline, they were in control almost from start to finish.’