wide vs narrow

wide

Definitions

adjective

  1. great in degree
  2. (used of eyes) fully open or extended
  3. having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
  4. broad in scope or content
  5. not on target
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adverb

  1. to or over a great extent or range; far
  2. far from the intended target
  3. with or by a broad space
  4. to the fullest extent possible

Examples

In my view his confrontational, gladiatorial style has been a major contributor to the widespread disdain of the British public for politicians generally.

For centuries, scholars have squabbled over the design of the ship, which was crucial to defeating the Persians in the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., part of a wider war that included the fight at Thermopylae dramatized in the film "300.

The scale of the economic gulf between the two parties came as two polls yesterday showed that the election remained wide open.

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narrow

Definitions

verb

  1. define clearly
  2. become more focused on an area of activity or field of study
  3. become tight or as if tight
  4. make or become more narrow or restricted

noun

  1. a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

adjective

  1. not wide
  2. lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
  3. limited in size or scope
  4. very limited in degree
  5. characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

Examples

The soldier fired the rifle through a narrow aperture in a pile of sandbags.

And its world was a narrow swamp, a grey, nubiferous environment, where it lived its contented, active, idyllic, almost mindless existence.

Having had some narrow escapes the priest was eventually arrested as a recusant priest and was tried by revolutionary Court.

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