Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin narratio
: confer French narration
.] 1. The act of telling or relating the particulars of an event; rehearsal; recital. 2. That which is related; the relation in words or writing of the particulars of any transaction or event, or of any series of transactions or events; story; history. 3. (Rhet.) That part of a discourse which recites the time, manner, or consequences of an action, or simply states the facts connected with the subject. Syn.
-- Account; recital; rehearsal; relation; description; explanation; detail; narrative; story; tale; history. See Account
[ Confer French narratif
.] 1. Of or pertaining to narration; relating to the particulars of an event or transaction. 2. Apt or inclined to relate stories, or to tell particulars of events; story-telling; garrulous.
But wise through time, and narrative with age. Pope.
Narrative noun That which is narrated; the recital of a story; a continuous account of the particulars of an event or transaction; a story.
Cyntio was much taken with my narrative . Tatler. Syn.
-- Account; recital; rehearsal; relation; narration; story; tale. See Account
Narratively adverb In the style of narration.
Narrator noun [ Latin ] One who narrates; one who relates a series of events or transactions.
Narratory adjective Giving an account of events; narrative; as, narratory letters. Howell.
Narre adjective Nearer. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ Compar. Narrower
; superl. Narrowest
.] [ Middle English narwe
, Anglo-Saxon nearu
; akin to Old Saxon naru
.] 1. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem.
Hath passed in safety through the narrow seas. Shak. 2. Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
The Jews were but a small nation, and confined to a narrow compass in the world. Bp. Wilkins. 3. Having but a little margin; having barely sufficient space, time, or number, etc.; close; near; -- with special reference to some peril or misfortune; as, a narrow shot; a narrow escape; a narrow majority. Dryden. 4. Limited as to means; straitened; pinching; as, narrow circumstances. 5. Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted; as, a narrow mind; narrow views.
understanding." Macaulay. 6. Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
A very narrow and stinted charity. Smalridge. 7. Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
But first with narrow search I must walk round Milton. 8. (Phon.) Formed (as a vowel) by a close position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate; or (according to Bell) by a tense condition of the pharynx; -- distinguished from wide ; as ē (ēve) and ō (fōd), etc., from ĭ (ĭll) and o (fot), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation , § 13.
This garden, and no corner leave unspied.
is not unfrequently prefixed to words, especially to participles and adjectives, forming compounds of obvious signification; as, narrow
- brimmed, narrow
- faced, narrow
- pointed, narrow
-sphered, etc. Narrow gauge
. (Railroad) See Note under Gauge , noun , 6.
; plural Narrows A narrow passage; esp., a contracted part of a stream, lake, or sea; a strait connecting two bodies of water; -- usually in the plural; as, The Narrows of New York harbor.
Near the island lay on one side the jaws of a dangerous Gladstone.
Narrow transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Narrowed
; present participle & verbal noun Narrowing
.] [ Anglo-Saxon nearwian
.] 1. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of. Sir W. Temple. 2. To contract the reach or sphere of; to make less liberal or more selfish; to limit; to confine; to restrict; as, to narrow one's views or knowledge; to narrow a question in discussion.
Our knowledge is much more narrowed if we confine ourselves to our own solitary reasonings. I. Watts. 3. (Knitting) To contract the size of, as a stocking, by taking two stitches into one.
Narrow intransitive verb
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.
Narrow-minded adjective Of narrow mental scope; illiberal; mean. -- Nar"row- mind`ed*ness , noun
Narrower noun 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.
Narrowly adverb [ Anglo-Saxon 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.
Narrowness noun [ Anglo-Saxon nearunes .] The condition or quality of being narrow.
Nart [ For ne art .] Art not. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Latin , giant fennel, Greek ....] 1. (Botany) A tall umbelliferous plant ( Ferula communis ). See Giant fennel , under Fennel . 2. (Architecture) 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.
Narwal noun (Zoology) See Narwhal .
Narwe adjective Narrow. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Swedish or Danish narvhal
; akin to Icelandic nāhvalr
, and English whale
. the first syllable is perhaps from Icelandic nār
corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See Whale
.] [ Written also narwhale
.] (Zoology) An arctic cetacean ( Monodon monocerous ), 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 by side.
Nas (näz). [ For ne was .] Was not. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Nas [ Contr. from ne has .] Has not. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ French, from Latin nasus
the nose. See Nose
.] 1. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the nose. 2. (Phon.) Having a quality imparted by means of the nose; and specifically, made by lowering the soft palate, in some cases with closure of the oral passage, the voice thus issuing (wholly or partially) through the nose, as in the consonants m , n , ng (see Guide to Pronunciation , §§ 20, 208); characterized by resonance in the nasal passage; as, a nasal vowel; a nasal utterance. Nasal bones (Anat.)
, two bones of the skull, in front of the frontals.
-- Nasal index (Anat.)
, in the skull, the ratio of the transverse the base of the aperture to the nasion, which latter distance is taken as the standard, equal to 100.
1. An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth simultaneously. 2. (Medicine) A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine. [ Archaic] 3. (Anc. Armor) Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard. 4. (Anat.) One of the nasal bones. 5. (Zoology) A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.
Nasality noun [ Confer French nasalité .] The quality or state of being nasal.
Nasalization noun The act of nasalizing, or the state of being nasalized.
Nasalize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Nasalized
; present participle & verbal noun Nasalizing
.] To render nasal, as sound; to insert a nasal or sound in.
Nasalize transitive verb To utter words or letters with a nasal sound; to speak through the nose.
Nasally adverb In a nasal manner; by the nose.
Nascal noun [ French nascale .] (Medicine) A kind of pessary of medicated wool or cotton, formerly used.
[ Latin nascentia
. See Nascent
.] State of being nascent; birth; beginning; origin.
[ Latin nascens
, present participle nasci
to be born. See Nation
, and confer Naissant
.] 1. Commencing, or in process of development; beginning to exist or to grow; coming into being; as, a nascent germ.
Nascent passions and anxieties. Berkley. 2. (Chemistry) Evolving; being evolved or produced. Nascent state (Chemistry)
, the supposed instantaneous or momentary state of an uncombined atom or radical just separated from one compound acid, and not yet united with another, -- a hypothetical condition implying peculiarly active chemical properties; as, hydrogen in the nascent state is a strong reducer.
[ Spanish nispero
medlar and naseberry tree, from Latin mespilus
. See Medlar
.] (Botany) A tropical fruit. See Sapodilla .
[ Written also nisberry
Nash adjective [ Etymol. uncertain.] Firm; stiff; hard; also, chilly. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Nasicornous adjective [ Latin nasus nose + cornu horn: confer French nasicorne .] (Zoology) Bearing a horn, or horns, on the nose, as the rhinoceros.
[ Latin nasus
nose + -form
. See Nose
, and confer Nariform
.] Having the shape of a nose.
Nasion noun [ New Latin , from Latin nasus nose.] (Anat.) The middle point of the nasofrontal suture.
Naso- [ Latin nasus nose.] (Anat.) A combining form denoting pertaining to , or connected with , the nose ; as, naso frontal.
Nasobuccal adjective [ Naso + buccal .] (Anat.) Connected with both the nose and the mouth; as, the nasobuccal groove in the skate.
Nasofrontal adjective [ Naso- + frontal .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the nose and the front of the head; as, the embryonic nasofrontal process which forms the anterior boundary of the mouth.
Nasolachrymal adjective [ Naso- + lachrymal .] (Anat.) Connected with the lachrymal apparatus and the nose; as, the nasolachrymal , or lachrymal duct.
Nasopalatal, Nasopalatine adjective [ Naso- + palatal .] (Anat.) Connected with both the nose and the palate; as, the nasopalatine or incisor, canal connecting the mouth and the nasal chamber in some animals; the nasopalatine nerve.
Nasopharyngeal adjective [ Naso- + pharyngeal .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to both throat and nose; as, a nasopharyngeal polypus.
Nasoseptal adjective [ Naso- + septal .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the internasal septum.
Nasoturbinal adjective [ Naso- + turbinal .] (Anat.) Connected with, or near, both the turbinal and the nasal bones; as, the nasalturbinal bone, made up of the uppermost lammelæ of the ethmoturbinal, and sometimes united with the nasal. -- noun The nasoturbinal bone.
, Latin NassÆ
. [ From Latin nassa
a kind of basket, in allusion to the reticulation of some species.] (Zoology) Any species of marine gastropods, of the genera Nassa , Tritia , and other allied genera of the family Nassidæ ; a dog whelk. See Illust. under Gastropoda .
-- nas"soid adjective
Nastily adverb In a nasty manner.
Nastiness noun The quality or state of being nasty; extreme filthness; dirtiness; also, indecency; obscenity.
The nastiness of Plautus and Aristophanes. Dryden.