from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality or condition of being narrow, in any sense of that word.

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

  • noun The condition or quality of being narrow.

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

  • noun uncountable the state of being narrow
  • noun countable a constriction

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

  • noun a restriction of range or scope
  • noun a small margin
  • noun the property of being narrow; having little width
  • noun an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior


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  • But the men of the clique live together because they have the same kind of soul, and their narrowness is a narrowness of spiritual coherence and contentment, like that which exists in hell.


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