Inch

Definition of Inch

Pronunciation: ĭnch
n.1.An island; - often used in the names of small islands off the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.
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1.A measure of length, the twelfth part of a foot, commonly subdivided into halves, quarters, eights, sixteenths, etc., as among mechanics. It was also formerly divided into twelve parts, called lines, and originally into three parts, called barleycorns, its length supposed to have been determined from three grains of barley placed end to end lengthwise. It is also sometimes called a prime (´), composed of twelve seconds (´´), as in the duodecimal system of arithmetic.
12 seconds (´´) make 1 inch or prime. 12 inches or primes (´) make 1 foot.
- B. Greenleaf.
2.A small distance or degree, whether of time or space; hence, a critical moment; also used metaphorically of minor concessins in bargaining; as, he won't give an inch; give him an inch and he'll take a mile.
Beldame, I think we watched you at an inch.
- Shak.
By inches
by slow degrees, gradually.
Inch of candle
See under Candle.
Inches of pressure
usually, the pressure indicated by so many inches of a mercury column, as on a steam gauge.
Inch of water
See under Water.
Miner's inch
(Hydraulic Mining) a unit for the measurement of water. See Inch of water, under Water.
v. t.1.To drive by inches, or small degrees.
He gets too far into the soldier's grace
And inches out my master.
- Dryden.
2.To deal out by inches; to give sparingly.
v. i.1.To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move slowly; as, to inch forward.
With slow paces measures back the field,
And inches to the walls.
- Dryden.
a.1.Measuring an inch in any dimension, whether length, breadth, or thickness; - used in composition; as, a two-inch cable; a four-inch plank.
Inch stuff
boards, etc., sawed one inch thick.

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