Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With little breadth, extent, or scope; restrictedly as regards breadth or scope.
  • Sparingly; with niggardliness.
  • Closely; with careful or minute scrutiny; attentively; carefully: as, narrowly watched, inspected, or seen.
  • Nearly; within a little; by a small distance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb With little breadth; in a narrow manner.
  • adverb Without much extent; contractedly.
  • adverb With minute scrutiny; closely
  • adverb 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.
  • adverb Sparingly; parsimoniously.
  • adverb With close adherence to the literal meaning of a text.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a narrow manner; without flexibility or latitude.
  • adverb By a narrow margin; closely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a narrow manner; not allowing for exceptions

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Examples

  • When Proposition 215 was first passed, California attorney general Dan Lungren, a conservative Republican, issued an opinion defining the term narrowly and limiting it to family members or home-care aides who cooked, cleaned, ran errands, drove patients to doctors 'appointments and did personal care.

    LA IMC

  • When Proposition 215 was first passed, California attorney general Dan Lungren, a conservative Republican, issued an opinion defining the term narrowly and limiting it to family members or home-care aides who cooked, cleaned, ran errands, drove patients to doctors 'appointments and did personal care.

    LA IMC

  • When Proposition 215 was first passed, California attorney general Dan Lungren, a conservative Republican, issued an opinion defining the term narrowly and limiting it to family members or home-care aides who cooked, cleaned, ran errands, drove patients to doctors’ appointments and did personal care.

    LA IMC

  • Sen. John McCain narrowly edged out Barack Obama in the district in 2008, even though Obama carried the state by 10 percent.

    GOP candidate in battle to succeed Murtha gets more support

  • Sen. John McCain narrowly edged out Barack Obama in the district in 2008, even though Obama carried the state by 10 percent.

    Biden hits trail to help fellow Democrats

  • Looking at this so narrowly is like looking at the wrong end of a telescope.

    After Bailout, Business Groups Now Turning On Former Allies

  • Looking at this so narrowly is like looking at the wrong end of a telescope.

    After Bailout, Business Groups Now Turning On Former Allies

  • Although Bothe's contribution was widely recognized at the time, he once again narrowly missed earning science's most prestigious award.

    Walther Bothe and the Physics Institute: the Early Years of Nuclear Physics

  • But Sen. John McCain narrowly edged out Barack Obama in the district in 2008, even though Obama carried the state by 10 percent.

    Pennsylvania Democrat denies supporting health care reform

  • But Sen. John McCain narrowly edged out Barack Obama in the district in 2008, even though Obama carried the state by 10 percent.

    Battle intensifies for Murtha's former seat

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