[ waw-ter-inch, wot-er- ]

  1. the quantity of water (approx. 500 cubic feet) discharged in 24 hours through a circular opening of one inch diameter leading from a reservoir in which the water is constantly only high enough to cover the orifice.

Origin of water-inch

First recorded in 1850–55

Words Nearby water-inch

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How to use water-inch in a sentence

  • No time to get one's breath, no chance to edge into the cold water inch by inch—the thing was to be done at once.

    I Walked in Arden | Jack Crawford
  • He crawled into the water inch by inch, scarcely breaking the calm, black surface.

    Brothers of Peril | Theodore Goodridge Roberts