verb (used with or without object)
- inch along,
- inch by inch,
- inch of mercury,
- inch plant,
- narrowly; by a narrow margin: escaped by inches.
- Also inch by inch.by small degrees or stages; gradually: The miners worked their way through the narrow shaft inch by inch.
Origin of inch1
Origin of inch2
Examples from the Web for inch
With a 1¾-inch ice cream scoop (or two spoons), scoop round balls of dough onto the prepared sheet pans.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies|Ina Garten|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cut the phyllo in half crosswise to make two (7 × 8½-inch) rectangles.
Anna Whiston-Donaldson is a popular blogger at An Inch of Gray.
In the coming month, Maynard may play a crucial role in helping the GOP inch forward on this controversial issue.The Beautiful Newlywed Who Made the Right Change Its Mind on Physician-Assisted Death|Samantha Allen|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I moved my head one inch off the pillow to find out which it was, and something growled.The Stacks: Pete Dexter on What It’s Like to Lose the Knack of Having Fun|Pete Dexter|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It fought every inch of the way, wearing down pony and rider until they were almost exhausted.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
He was a perfect mountain of a fellow, six and a half feet if he was an inch, with shoulders on him like a shorthorn bull.Greenmantle|John Buchan
Then the roof of the ward lifted about an inch, and more wind beat down, and as it beat down, so the roof lifted.The Backwash of War|Ellen N. La Motte
When about cool cut with scissors into lengths of an inch or less.Candy-Making at Home|Mary M. Wright
It is pear-shaped, about five-eighths of an inch long, and mounted with a gold top, and a hook to pass through the ear.Jewellery|H. Clifford Smith,
- an amount of precipitation that would cover a surface with water one inch deepfive inches of rain fell in January
- a unit of pressure equal to a mercury column one inch high in a barometer
Word Origin for inch
Word Origin for inch
"linear measure, one-twelfth of a foot," late Old English ynce, Middle English unche (current spelling c.1300), from Latin uncia "a twelfth part," from root of unus "one" (see one). An early borrowing from Latin, not found in any other Germanic language. Transferred and figurative sense of "a very small amount" is attested from mid-14c. For phrase give him an inch ... see ell.
"small Scottish island," early 15c., from Gaelic innis (genitive innse) "island, land by a river," from Celtic *inissi (cf. Old Irish inis, Welsh ynys, Breton enez).
"move little by little," 1590s, from inch (n.1). Related: Inched; inching.
In addition to the idioms beginning with inch
- inch along
- inch by inch
- by inches
- every inch
- give an inch
- within an ace (inch) of