inch

1
[ inch ]
/ ɪntʃ /

noun

a unit of length, 1/12 (0.0833) foot, equivalent to 2.54 centimeters.
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.

Idioms for inch

Origin of inch

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ynce < Latin uncia twelfth part, inch, ounce. See ounce1

Definition for inch (2 of 2)

inch2
[ inch ]
/ ɪntʃ /

noun Scot.

a small island near the seacoast.

Origin of inch

2
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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Science 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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Idioms and Phrases with inch

inch

In addition to the idioms beginning with inch

  • inch along
  • inch by inch

also see:

  • by inches
  • every inch
  • give an inch
  • within an ace (inch) of
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