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NARROWING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does narrowing mean? 

NARROWING (noun)
  The noun NARROWING has 3 senses:

1. an instance of becoming narrow
2. a decrease in width
3. the act of making something narrower

  Familiarity information: NARROWING used as a noun is uncommon.


NARROWING (adjective)
  The adjective NARROWING has 2 senses:

1. becoming gradually narrower
2. (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom

  Familiarity information: NARROWING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NARROWING (noun)


Sense 1narrowing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An instance of becoming narrow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("narrowing" is a kind of...):

configuration; conformation; contour; form; shape (any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "narrowing"):

coarctation ((biology) a narrowing or constriction of a vessel or canal; especially a congenital narrowing of the aorta)

taper (the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone))

bottleneck; chokepoint; constriction (a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel)


Sense 2narrowing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A decrease in width

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("narrowing" is a kind of...):

decrease; decrement (a process of becoming smaller or shorter)

Antonym:

widening (an increase in width)


Sense 3narrowing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of making something narrower

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("narrowing" is a kind of...):

change of shape (an action that changes the shape of something)

Antonym:

widening (the act of making something wider)


NARROWING (adjective)


Sense 1narrowing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Becoming gradually narrower

Synonyms:

narrowing; tapered; tapering

Context examples:

long tapering fingers / trousers with tapered legs

Similar:

narrow (not wide)


Sense 2narrowing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom

Synonyms:

constrictive; constricting; narrowing

Similar:

narrow (not wide)


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