Inch meaning

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A unit of length in the US Customary and British Imperial systems, equal to112 of a foot (2.54 centimeters).
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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.

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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.

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A fall, as of rain or snow, sufficient to cover a surface to the depth of one inch.
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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.
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A very small degree or amount.

Won't budge an inch.

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To move or cause to move slowly or by small degrees.

Inching along through stalled traffic; inched the chair forward.

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A small island.
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A unit of length in the FPS system, equal to112 foot (2.54 cm)
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A fall (of rain, snow, etc.) equal to the amount that would cover a surface to the depth of one inch.
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A unit of pressure as measured by a barometer or manometer, traditionally equal to the pressure balanced by the weight on a one-inch column of liquid in the instrument.
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A very small amount, degree, or distance; trifle; bit.
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To move by inches or degrees; move very slowly.
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In Scotland and Ireland, an isolated piece of land, as a small island or hill.
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A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to1 /12 of a foot (2.54 centimeters).
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A unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot, or exactly 2.54 centimetres.
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(meteorology) The amount of water which would cover a surface to the depth of an inch, used as a measurement of rainfall.
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(figuratively) A very short distance.

"Don't move an inch!"

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(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.

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To drive by inches, or small degrees.
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To deal out by inches; to give sparingly.
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(Scotland) A small island.
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every inch
  • In every respect; entirely:.
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inch by inch
  • Very gradually or slowly.
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within an inch of
  • Almost to the point of:.
    Came within an inch of death.
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every inch
  • In all respects; thoroughly.
    He's every inch a gentleman.
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inch by inch
  • Gradually; slowly; by degrees.
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within an inch of
  • Very close to; almost to.
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within an inch of one's life
  • Almost to the point of death.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of inch

  • Middle English from Old English ynce from Latin ūncia one twelfth of a unit oi-no- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Scottish Gaelic innis from Old Irish inis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English ynce, from Latin uncia (“twelfth part”). Compare ounce.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Gaelic innis

    From Wiktionary