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Meaning of inch by Wiktionary Dictionary

inch


    Etymology

    From Old English ynce, from Latin uncia ( “twelfth part” ). Compare ounce .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ɪntʃ/
    • Rhymes: -ɪntʃ

    Noun

    inch ( plural: inches )

    1. A unit of length equal to one-twelfth of a foot and equivalent to exactly 2.54 centimetres .
    2. ( meteorology ) The amount of water which would cover a surface to the depth of an inch, used as a measurement of rainfall .
    3. ( figuratively ) A very short distance .
      "Don't move an inch!"

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    Verb

    inch ( third-person singular simple present inches present participle inching, simple past and past participle inched )

    1. ( intransitive, followed by a preposition ) To move very slowly ( in a particular direction ) .
      Fearful of falling, he inched along the window ledge .

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Explanation of inch by Wordnet Dictionary

inch


    Verb
    1. advance slowly, as if by inches

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

    2. a unit of measurement for advertising space