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inch

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noun \ˈinch\

Definition of inch

  1. 1 :  a unit of length equal to 136 yard — see weight table

  2. 2 :  a small amount, distance, or degree <is like cutting a dog's tail off by inches — Milton Friedman>

  3. 3 plural :  stature, height

  4. 4 a :  a fall (as of rain or snow) sufficient to cover a surface or to fill a gauge to the depth of one inch b :  a degree of atmospheric or other pressure sufficient to balance the weight of a column of liquid (as mercury) one inch high in a barometer or manometer

  5. 5 :  a small advantage especially from lenient or compassionate treatment —usually used in the phrase give an inch

every inch
  1. :  to the utmost degree <looks every inch a winner>

inch by inch
  1. :  very gradually or slowly

within an inch of
  1. :  almost to the point of <came within an inch of succeeding>



Origin of inch

Middle English, from Old English ynce, from Latin uncia — more at ounce


First Known Use: before 12th century


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inch

verb

Simple Definition of inch

  • : to move very slowly or by a small amount in a specified direction or manner

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move by small degrees :  progress slowly <the long line of people inching up the stairs>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to move slowly <sooner or later they begin inching prices back up — Forbes>

Examples of inch in a sentence

  1. We inched along in heavy traffic.

  2. As she neared the finish line, she inched ahead of the other racers.

  3. Gas prices are inching up again.

  4. I inched the car into the garage.



1599

First Known Use of inch

1599


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inch

noun

Definition of inch

chiefly Scottish

  1. :  island



Origin of inch

Middle English (Scots), from Scottish Gaelic innis


First Known Use: 15th century



INCH Defined for Kids

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inch

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noun \ˈinch\

Definition of inch for Students

  1. :  a unit of length equal to 136 yard (2.54 centimeters)




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inch

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verb

Definition of inch for Students

inchedinching

  1. :  to move a little bit at a time <We inched to the ticket counter.>




Medical Dictionary

inch

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noun \ˈinch\

Medical Definition of inch

  1. :  a unit of length equal to 136 yard or 2.54 centimeters





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