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Meaning of INCH

Pronunciation:  inch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a unit of length (in United States and Britain) equal to one twelfth of a foot
  2. [n]  a unit of measurement for advertising space
  3. [v]  advance slowly, as if by inches; "He edged towards the car"

INCH is a 4 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: column inch, edge, in
 See Also: advance, area unit, edge in, edge up, em, foot, ft, go on, ligne, linear unit, march on, mesh, mil, move on, pass on, pica, pica em, progress, square measure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Inch\, n. [Gael. inis.]
    An island; -- often used in the names of small islands off
    the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.
  2. \Inch\, n. [OE. inche, unche, AS. ynce, L. uncia the
    twelfth part, inch, ounce. See {Ounce} a weight.]
    1. A measure of length, the twelfth part of a foot, commonly
       subdivided into halves, quarters, eights, sixteenths,
       etc., as among mechanics. It was also formerly divided
       into twelve parts, called lines, and originally into three
       parts, called barleycorns, its length supposed to have
       been determined from three grains of barley placed end to
       end lengthwise. It is also sometimes called a prime ('),
       composed of twelve seconds (''), as in the duodecimal
       system of arithmetic.
       12 seconds ('') make 1 inch or prime. 12 inches or primes
       (') make 1 foot.                            --B.
    Note: The meter, the accepted scientific standard of length,
          equals 39.37 inches; the inch is equal to 2.54
          centimeters. See {Metric system}, and {Meter}.
    2. A small distance or degree, whether of time or space;
       hence, a critical moment.
             Beldame, I think we watched you at an inch. --Shak.
    {By inches}, by slow degrees, gradually.
    {Inch of candle}. See under {Candle}.
    {Inches of pressure}, usually, the pressure indicated by so
       many inches of a mercury column, as on a steam gauge.
    {Inch of water}. See under {Water}.
    {Miner's inch}, (Hydraulic Mining), a unit for the
       measurement of water. See {Inch of water}, under {Water}.
  3. \Inch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To drive by inches, or small degrees. [R.]
             He gets too far into the soldier's grace And inches
             out my master.                        --Dryden.
    2. To deal out by inches; to give sparingly. [R.]
  4. \Inch\, v. i.
    To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move
          With slow paces measures back the field, And inches to
          the walls.                               --Dryden.
  5. \Inch\, a.
    Measurement an inch in any dimension, whether length,
    breadth, or thickness; -- used in composition; as, a two-inch
    cable; a four-inch plank.
    {Inch stuff}, boards, etc., sawed one inch thick.
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