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narrow margin


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n narrow margin a small margin "the president was not humbled by his narrow margin of victory","the landslide he had in the electoral college obscured the narrowness of a victory based on just 43% of the popular vote"
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.”


In literature:

They realized that only by a narrow margin had it missed them.
"Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal" by G. Harvey Ralphson
The hen is uniformly brown, each feather having a narrow buff margin.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Only a margin extremely narrow intervened.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Above and below her lips there was a narrow margin of the purest white.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
I realize that my escape from death while at that post was by a narrow margin.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
The margin was so narrow that there was no time to lose.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
He beat the ball by a narrow margin, and was declared safe.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
The basal angle is narrow, spur-like, and slightly hollowed out on both margins.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
He had missed one opportunity by so narrow a margin as to quicken his desires.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
Lip crimson-purple, with a narrow white margin, crisped.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Only by a narrow margin of time, indeed, was he able to bring back sufficient troops for the first day's battle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
So narrow is the margin of trouble!
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
I often wondered how they could escape with so narrow a margin.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
Thus generosity won, but by so narrow a margin that Binney could not stand being thanked for it, and so hurried away.
"Campmates" by Kirk Munroe
Several times he had escaped violence by a narrow margin.
"Penny Nichols and the Black Imp" by Joan Clark
But in that test he was dropped one number, missing his degree by this narrow margin.
"Village Life in China" by Arthur H. Smith
She had written eight pages and the top and bottom margins were narrow.
"Janet Hardy in Radio City" by Ruthe S. Wheeler
She just escaped being pretty and precise and reliable-looking by a narrow margin, but escape she did.
"The Preliminaries" by Cornelia A. P. Comer
The narrow margin fluctuated: the outcome wavered.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
The wings of the male are white, with a silky gloss, and a very narrow brown margin.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux

In poetry:

A brackish lake is there with bitter pools
Anigh its margin, brushed by heavy trees.
A piping wind the narrow valley cools,
Fretting the willows and the cypresses.
Gray skies above, and in the gloomy space
An awful presence hath its dwelling-place.
"The Valley Of Baca" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Stock Falls 5.8% on Narrower Margin.
BOSTON — A Massachusetts ballot question that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill has been defeated by a narrow margin.
You win with it, you lose to it, you can't live without it and, if the margins are narrow enough, you live and die with every pitch.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. Said Wednesday that a switch to smaller cars and an increase in incentives will narrow the profit margins in its core North American business.
It's by a narrow margin, but New Jersey voters actually do support a proposed law that would require dog owners to put their animal in a safety restraint or crate when in the car.
FRANKFORT — Kentucky Republicans fell short of taking control of the state House of Representatives Tuesday night but they narrowed the margin of Democrats control with some pickups in western Kentucky.
Helped by a combination of stronger same-store sales, improving margins and lower costs, Gottschalks Inc reported a sharply narrowed first quarter loss of $2.1 million, lower by 47 percent than a year-before loss of $4 million.
Incumbent Christine Fahl, who currently serves as Cedar Spring's mayor pro tem, was defeated by a narrow margin in Tuesday's City Council election.
Bob Macdonald, the latter, won by a narrow margin and promptly went into wacky dictator mode, threatening his opponents with revenge.
Coastal NC Senate race margin even narrower.
Said Wednesday that a switch to smaller cars and an increase in incentives will narrow the profit margins in its core North American business.
According to the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll, Bachmann leads her opponent 48 to 46 percent, within the margin of error, a lead that has narrowed when compared to three months ago.
President Obama's victory margin seemed fairly narrow – just slightly more than 2 percentage points.
Drive for nonpartisan commission elections in Osceola fails by narrow margin.
There are just 15 days until the election and poll numbers show the race has narrowed to a razor thin margin.

In science:

In turn, the margins within local averages deviates from the expectation value become more and more narrow.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
The marginal stability curve for a narrow ring with a = 1,, b = 0.5 in the plane W − αb .
The dynamics of eccentric accretion discs in superhump systems
Due to the narrow temperature margin of only 3.4 K between the liquid and solid phase of Xe (under atmospheric pressure), temperature control is especially important.
Performance of a cryogenic system prototype for the XENON1T Detector
Consequently one expects at best a marginal signal in this channel and only in a narrow strip of the MH ± –tan β parameter space, at the boundary of the LEP exclusion region.
The Higgs Working Group: Summary Report
Its usefulness is limited, however, in situations where the velocity range is only marginally sampled, and this is the case here with the narrow emission lines of the RW Aur jet.
Jet rotation: launching region, angular momentum balance and magnetic properties in the bipolar outflow from RW Aur
The GT is consistent with the numerical integral, apart a narrow interval, where its discepancy from the numerical integral marginally approaches 1 % .
Tracking through equality
The higher the requirement for astrometric accuracy, the narrower become the margins for errors.
Re-analysis of the First Fringe with 2-Beam in the VERA System from Archive Data
Discussion: Propositions 5.2, 5.3 and 5.5 demonstrate that there is only a very narrow margin in which strict correlation-intractability may be used.
The Random Oracle Methodology, Revisited
F is the distribution function of (X, Y ), and F1, F2 are the marginal distribution functions. A number of statistics have been proposed to test the hypothesis H1 or any other hypothesis form against the general alternative that the equality in H1 is violated at least one point or narrower classes of alternatives.
Bahadur efficiency of nonparametric test for independence based on $L_1$-error