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[ inch ]
/ ɪntʃ /
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noun
a unit of length, 1/12 (0.0833) foot, equivalent to 2.54 centimeters. Abbreviation: in.
a very small amount of anything; narrow margin: to win by an inch; to avert disaster by an inch.
verb (used with or without object)
to move by inches or small degrees: We inched our way along the road.
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Origin of inch

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English ynce, from Latin uncia “twelfth part, inch, ounce.” See ounce1

Other definitions for inch (2 of 2)

inch2
[ inch ]
/ ɪntʃ /

noun Scot.
a small island near the seacoast.

Origin of inch

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1375–1425; late Middle English <Scots Gaelic innse, genitive of innis island, Old Irish inis, cognate with Welsh ynys
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British Dictionary definitions for inch (1 of 2)

inch1
/ (ɪntʃ) /

noun
verb
to move or be moved very slowly or in very small stepsthe car inched forward
(tr foll by out) to defeat (someone) by a very small margin

Word Origin for inch

Old English ynce, from Latin uncia twelfth part; see ounce 1

British Dictionary definitions for inch (2 of 2)

inch2
/ (ɪntʃ) /

noun
Scot and Irish a small island

Word Origin for inch

C15: from Gaelic innis island; compare Welsh ynys
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Scientific definitions for inch

inch
[ ĭnch ]

A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 112 of a foot (2.54 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
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