Definition of Inch

1. Noun. A unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot.




2. Verb. Advance slowly, as if by inches. "He edged towards the car"
Exact synonyms: Edge
Generic synonyms: Advance, Go On, March On, Move On, Pass On, Progress
Also: Edge In

3. Noun. A unit of measurement for advertising space.
Exact synonyms: Column Inch
Generic synonyms: Area Unit, Square Measure

Definition of Inch

1. n. An island; -- often used in the names of small islands off the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.

2. n. 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.

3. v. t. To drive by inches, or small degrees.

4. v. i. To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move slowly.

5. a. Measuring an inch in any dimension, whether length, breadth, or thickness; -- used in composition; as, a two-inch cable; a four-inch plank.

Definition of Inch

1. Noun. A unit of length equal to one-twelfth of a foot and equivalent to exactly 2.54 centimetres. ¹

2. Noun. (meteorology) The amount of water which would cover a surface to the depth of an inch, used as a measurement of rainfall. ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively) A very short distance. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive followed by a preposition) To move very slowly (in a particular direction). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inch

1. to move very slowly [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Inch

1. 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. Greenleaf) 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 or time 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 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 Water. Miner's inch,, a unit for the measurement of water. See Inch of water, under Water. Origin: OE. Inche, unche, AS. Ynce, L. Uncia the twelfth part, inch, ounce. See Ounce a weight. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inch

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inch (current term)
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inchangeability
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