- The definition of an inch is a small measurement equal to 1/12th of a foot or 2.54 centimeters.
An example of an inch is the length of a snail.
- Inch is defined as to slowly move closer.
An example of inch is for a person to slowly scoot over on a bench to his love interest.
A tape marked out in inches.
- a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to foot (2.54 cm): symbol, ″: abbrev. in
- a fall (of rain, snow, etc.) equal to the amount that would cover a surface to the depth of one inch
- a unit of pressure as measured by a barometer or manometer, equal to the pressure balanced by the weight on a one-inch column of liquid, usually mercury, in the instrument
- a very small amount, degree, or distance; trifle; bit
Origin of inchMiddle English inche ; from Old English ynce ; from Classical Latin uncia, twelfth part, inch, ounce
inch by inch
within an inch of
within an inch of one's life
Origin of inchMiddle English ; from Gaelic innis, island
nounAbbr. in or in.
- A unit of length in the US Customary and British Imperial systems, equal to 1/12 of a foot (2.54 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
- A fall, as of rain or snow, sufficient to cover a surface to the depth of one inch.
- A unit of atmospheric pressure that is equal to the pressure exerted by a one-inch column of mercury at the earth's surface at a temperature of 0°C.
- A very small degree or amount: won't budge an inch.
intr. & tr.v.inched, inch·ing, inch·es
Origin of inchMiddle English, from Old English ynce, from Latin ūncia, one twelfth of a unit; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of inchMiddle English, from Scottish Gaelic innis, from Old Irish inis.
(third-person singular simple present inches, present participle inching, simple past and past participle inched)
- (intransitive, followed by a preposition) To advance very slowly, or by a small amount (in a particular direction).
- Fearful of falling, he inched along the window ledge.
- To drive by inches, or small degrees.
- To deal out by inches; to give sparingly.
- (Scotland) A small island
- Found especially in the names of small Scottish islands, e.g. Inchcolm, Inchkeith.
From Gaelic innis