Translation of narrow in Spanish:


estrecho, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈnɛroʊ//ˈnarəʊ/


  • 1

    • 1.1(not wide)

      (opening/path/hips) estrecho
      (hips/opening/path) angosto Latin America
      to get / become narrower angostarse Latin America
      • The driver nodded once and pressed a narrow strip of metal to the floor.
      • The mass of soldiers squirmed through the all too narrow alleyway as they escaped from the ambush.
      • A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge.
      • They turned back down the hill and rode through the narrow passageway into the city.
      • Legroom is abundant for the front and middle seats although the latter are a bit narrow.
      • The chair is also capable of being pushed down the aisle due to its very narrow track width.
      • We climbed a narrow path and entered an area of flat, rocky ground.
      • Shin length pants, narrow or flared at the bottom.
      • The notch is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.
      • In particular, the sleeves were just the right width - not too narrow, not too flappy.
      • I was on a good but rather narrow road when the phone rang.
      • The roads are very narrow, and the drivers are very aggressive.
      • In some cases, relatively narrow streets have been provided as alternate routes, compromising road safety.
      • Fabric is woven in relatively narrow widths and long lengths, cut and assembled side-to-side for garments, blankets and other textile uses.
      • The road was very narrow where we stood and we were incredibly close to the athletes.
      • Bob squeezed his muscular shoulders into the narrow confines of the top turret.
      • The only break in the stockade is a narrow passageway that zigzags up the middle.
      • Their main complaint is the fact that the actual roadway is too narrow to accommodate the traffic using it.
      • They rushed out of the narrow passageway and came out of the cave.
      • Laminate flooring is made of long, narrow lengths of high-density fibre, generally with a photograph of wood on top, coated with an acrylic lacquer.

    • 1.2(slender)

      (margin) escaso
      (win/victory) conseguido por un escaso margen
      to have a narrow escape salvarse por los pelos informal
      • So one narrow defeat, by a mere one goal margin, made a world of difference to the team's eventual standing.
      • Instant polls following the debate suggested a narrow win for Obama.
      • Both of the propositions passed easily, despite reports by pollsters in January and February predicting a narrow victory for one of the measures and likely defeat for the other.
      • The Lions escaped with a narrow four-point victory, topping Waterloo 73-69.
      • The two major parties at the first federal elections were free-traders and protectionists, with the latter securing a narrow victory, though not a parliamentary majority.
      • Newcastle Falcons started the day six points adrift of Bath at the bottom of the table but yesterday's result and Bath's narrow defeat by Leicester has seen that deficit cut to just two points.
      • Falcon retakes the lead here, though its margins of victory remain narrow.
      • The margin of victory was surprisingly narrow, at just over 5 per cent.
      • Wellstone lost that election, but the campaign was an important step toward his narrow victory in the 1990 U.S. Senate race.
      • Suddenly, the Claytons were looking at possible defeat rather than a narrow victory.
      • They managed to snatch a narrow victory from the jaws of defeat, but his handsome majority was slashed from 164 to just 35.
      • The Tories marshalled their forces, undermined the shadow budget before it was published and squeaked a narrow victory despite an economy struggling to emerge from a long recession.
      • Brisbane's narrow win was marred by a refereeing controversy in the 32nd minute.
      • Another defeat for the maroon and white in what has been a disappointing year for the county with a number of very narrow defeats in various grades along the way.
      • We must not allow the narrow margin of victory to become a source of greater conflict in society.

  • 2

    (range/horizons/view) limitado
    (ideas/attitude) cerrado
    (ideas/attitude) intolerante
    from a narrow perspective con una perspectiva estrecha / limitada
    • in the narrowest sense of the word en el sentido más estricto de la palabra
    • But both have such a narrow and pessimistic view of human potential that they believe rigorous selection will identify the few who might prove useful to the economic system.
    • The applicant's construction gives it a very narrow scope, virtually limited to prohibiting what is already an offence under the general criminal law.
    • I never watched the latter, so am open to other's views, but it seemed to represent the stubborn, old-fashioned views of a narrow bigot.
    • The mass media are hindered by a narrow view of gender, and by limited, stereotyped representations of ethnic minorities.
    • It was a man's world, and being a man of his time, he had very narrow beliefs and lived in a totally egocentric world.
    • There are many objections that spring to mind - is that not a narrow view, intolerant, prejudicial to the good health of society?
    • In contrast to British music's narrow mindset, Jamaica has always embraced the most outlandish musical idiosyncrasies imaginable.
    • Artists interested in saturation effects usually paint in a fairly narrow range of hues.
    • It's easy to become an ‘expert’ when the scope is narrow and you are part of the rule-maker set.
    • These expectations are often narrow, oversimplified, and quite rigid.
    • Those who accuse us of social engineering often have very narrow, rigid view about the way the world should be and everyone should conform with that.
    • In both cases, liberty refers to the freedom of person within comparatively narrow confines.
    • The political spectrum has become narrower with the ideological battleground moving to the right.
    • It obliges us to be stripped of our illusions, our narrow and self-serving views.
    • I didn't mean to imply that your statements were narrow in scope.
    • If a group leader's philosophy and beliefs are narrow and one-sided, then back away.
    • This existing mindset is narrow, but perhaps at this point, this is understandable, given the previous situation and intimidation.
    • However, this review will be narrower in its focus by summarizing the randomized clinical trials.
    • Like others, we have huge concerns about scopes of practice becoming narrow and restrictive.
    • Thus, parental support, though narrower in scope, reflects attachment bonds.
    • Her discussion is wide-ranging, whereas the focus of this comment will be narrow.
    • After the meeting Epp expressed concern about the relatively narrow range of questions.
    • We do believe that he continues to operate in a fairly narrow range.
    • Passion and commitment can be rather focused, occasionally ranging into the narrow point of view.
    • I would argue that these groups merely express, if in a more explicit form, the narrow outlook and low horizons of Western politics more broadly today.
    • Excellent idea, but I feel his scope is too narrow.
    • Other areas of contact included occupational, residential, civic and political contacts, all of which were narrow in scope.
    • Well, basically, ours is a little more narrow in scope.
    • It's a fine moment, and one that could have been looked at more closely, especially considering the film's rather narrow view of music history.
    • Provincial co-management regimes are typically narrow in scope as well as limited in formal powers.
    • This collection showed a diverse range of women as ‘beautiful’ versus the more narrow view from mainstream media.
    • First, the their opinion is remarkably narrow.
    • It suffices to say that he clearly has a narrow view of marketing and it's goal: to give the right people the value they want, where they want it, by telling them about it.
    • His dissent gives clear insight into his limited, narrow view of individual liberties.
    • The perception of lactose intolerance as a health problem is a rather narrow Western view.
    • Perhaps it is simply an attempt to keep their topic narrow enough to explore thoroughly.
    • The theatre is also reviving three short plays in the hope that it will help enlighten people about narrow mindsets, prejudice, parochialism etc.
  • 3formal

    (exact, thorough)
    (scrutiny) minucioso
    (scrutiny) exhaustivo
    • Blues has tended to suffer because a narrow definition stereotypes the format as depressing where songs entail losing women, jobs and dogs.
    • But the definitions are so narrow that it doesn't include everyone.
    • Such protectionist perspectives and narrow definitions of critical media literacy set themselves against the pleasures the media provide.
    • Do you think that people who are bothered by your films are working from an excessively narrow definition of comedy?
    • Clearly, it is not possible - and this is again a bureaucratic problem - for the military to define security in terms other than its own narrow definition of it.
    • But history should not be understood in a narrow sense.
    • Here I am thinking primarily of ethical difficulties, not linguistic or literary difficulties in the narrow sense.
    • But unfortunately, all that goes under the name of progress does not truly represent progress, even in the narrow economic sense of the term.
    • First, in the narrow economic sense, fond memories of the pre-1980 protectionist regimes are often evoked.
    • He is a conservative in this strict and narrow sense.
    • In most cases such judgement starts from a rather narrow definition of culture.
    • Since then, some critics have objected to the editors' contentious remarks and their narrow definition of Asian American literature.
    • It's a narrow definition of freedom, yes, but necessary under the circumstances, we've all been told a hundred times if we've been told once.
    • In the PC world of academia, that definition can become awfully narrow.
    • They have extremely narrow definitions of good music.
    • I am not arguing for a narrow definition of graphic design.
    • But I must say it's a very narrow definition of comfort.
    • It appears that he is referring to ‘frequent reader’ rather than a narrow definition of literacy.
    • Judges would ask only whether the decision maker had ‘jurisdiction’ (in a very narrow sense) to make his decision.
    • Although the Old Testament is a literature about an ancient people called Israel, it is not simply a national literature in any narrow sense.

transitive verb

  • 1

    (reduce width of)
    (lapel/canal) estrechar
    (lapel/canal) angostar Latin America
    the accident narrowed the road to two lanes el accidente dejó la carretera reducida a dos carriles
    • she narrowed her eyes (with suspicion) frunció el ceño
    • to narrow the gap reducir la distancia
    • Anyhow, we posted the box, but it's too wide. Could you narrow it by a half inch or so?
    • The point itself is a massive coral sand bluff that narrows to a reef as it slips needlelike into the sea amid waves and colliding currents.
    • He had been told that the gorge narrowed to the point where only the river could pass in regions.
    • But at the bottom of the pay scale, the gap narrows to just 6%, the figures show.
    • The road narrowed briefly to one lane and even at 2.30 pm this caused a bit of build-up.
    • There are fireworks that resemble silver flying fishes as they soar upwards with a loud hiss, leaving behind a fiery trail that narrows to a dot and explodes in a flash of yellow-red flame.
    • ‘The gap is getting wider, not narrowing and this is an area that is causing some concern for us,’ he said.
    • From this haunted ridge the road curves down to Tiquina, where the lake narrows to a strait less than a kilometer wide.
    • If you can take advantage of their poor judgement, you can gradually narrow the gap.
    • It narrows to such a degree that there is a risk of becoming wedged by the surge.
    • Bumper to bumper we proceeded, the road narrowed and things became hairy.
    • Moving up inside the Canyon is exciting, as the gully narrows to an S-bend that is soon wide enough for only one diver at a time.
    • I am sure pavements along this stretch are too wide and could be narrowed so as to accommodate the bus lane.
    • The steel barrier starts at the top of the hill where the roadway narrows to one lane eastbound toward the bridge.
    • The inhaled bronchodilators relieve only the airway narrowing from spasm of the bronchial smooth muscle.
    • Beyond Nakalele the road grows more scenic as it narrows to barely a lane and a half wide in places; go slow and honk on blind hairpin turns.
    • The pace soon slows as the road narrows to a rocky rollercoaster single track, changing often and abruptly and leaving most newcomers flailing for gears.
    • Plaque can grow and can considerably narrow the artery, so the artery becomes constricted and the elasticity is reduced.
    • Decongestants cause the blood vessels in the nose to narrow which reduces the volume of blood reaching the nose lining.
    • The roughly oval outline, which narrows to a neck at the bottom, defines a head that is fused with the cityscape.
  • 2

    (field/range) restringir
    (field/range) limitar
    • The Justice Department's proposed interpretation of the law would radically narrow its scope.
    • After 6 minutes, this discussion was narrowed to the field of Cesar Salad.
    • During World War I the term was narrowed to mean an individual's total renunciation of war and social violence.
    • With the way security was now, even eye color could severely narrow down suspects.
    • First, the scope of censorship has narrowed to such an extent that entire domains are now almost a free-for-all.
    • In sum, the institutions were historically narrow in scope and have eroded further because of state interventions.
    • If this survey was narrowed to look at Londoners only, the problem might become more apparent.
    • Its ambitions are narrowed to those which can be achieved with the least controversy and offend the fewest powerful interests.
    • Twenty-five contestants entered and the field was narrowed to five finalists.
    • We're narrowed what we carry down to items our customers want.
    • Thirdly, some States have passed implementing legislation that in fact restricts or narrows the scope of grounds of jurisdiction laid down in international treaties.
    • Such arguments generate a very narrow and limited way of thinking, making it harder to explore and consider questions about what makes us human, about rights, and so on.
    • These opportunities are not narrowed to the chosen few in select parties.
    • I can't say that it is, because part of me feels that admitting that would be to narrow the scope of my world to that of Proust's.
    • It's the attempt to force our brains to do backflips that is making us so hostile: his work cannot be narrowed to something that we can pinpoint.
    • But it's too narrow a scope, and we've got to start contending.
    • But most prevention programs have been extremely narrow in scope.
    • There have been several more decisions since then, but most have been very narrow in scope.
    • As you go higher up the scale you narrow and decrease the scope of your knowledge until you know an enormous amount about very little.
    • Policymakers, on the other hand, tend to narrow the scope of science to that of a body of technique, or emphasise its links to business.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (decrease in width)
    (road/valley/river) estrecharse
    (road/river/valley) angostarse Latin America
    (gap) reducirse
  • 2

    (field) restringirse
    (options/odds) reducirse