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INCH, n. [L. uncia, the twelfth part.]

1. A lineal measure in Great Britain and the United States, being the twelfth part of a foot,and equal to the length of three barley corns.

2. Proverbially, a small quantity or degree; as, to die by inches, to gain ground by inches.

3. A precise point of time.

Beldame, I think, we watch'd you at an inch. [Unusual.]

INCH, v.t. To drive by inches or small degrees. [Little used.]

1. To deal out by inches; to give sparingly. [Little used.]

INCH, v.i. To advance or retire by small degrees. [Little used.]

Inched, is added to words of number; as four-inched. But in American the common practice is to add only inch; as a seven-inch cable.




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INCH, n. [L. uncia, the twelfth part.]

1. A lineal measure in Great Britain and the United States, being the twelfth part of a foot,and equal to the length of three barley corns.

2. Proverbially, a small quantity or degree; as, to die by inches, to gain ground by inches.

3. A precise point of time.

Beldame, I think, we watch'd you at an inch. [Unusual.]

INCH, v.t. To drive by inches or small degrees. [Little used.]

1. To deal out by inches; to give sparingly. [Little used.]

INCH, v.i. To advance or retire by small degrees. [Little used.]

Inched, is added to words of number; as four-inched. But in American the common practice is to add only inch; as a seven-inch cable.


INCH, n. [Sax. ince; L. uncia, the twelfth part; Gr. ουγγια, but said to be from the Latin.]

  1. A lineal measure in Great Britain and the United States, being the twelfth part of a foot, and equal to the length of three barley corns.
  2. Proverbially, a small quantity or degree; as, to die by inches; to gain ground by inches.
  3. A precise point of time. Beldame, I think, we watch'd you at an inch. [Unusual.] Shak.

INCH, v.i.

To advance or retire by small degrees. [Little used.] Johnson. Inched, is added to words of number; as, four-inched. Shak. But in America the common practice is to add only inch; as, a seven-inch cable.


INCH, v.t.

  1. To drive by inches or small degrees. [Little used.] Dryden.
  2. To deal out by inches; to give sparingly. [Little used.] Ainsworth.

Inch
  1. An island; -- often used in the names of small islands off the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.

    [Scot.]
  2. 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 (***prime]), composed of twelve seconds (***prime]***prime]), as in the duodecimal system of arithmetic.

    12 seconds (***prime]***prime]) make 1 inch or prime. 12 inches or primes (***prime]) make 1 foot. B. Greenleaf.

    * The meter, the accepted scientific standard of length, equals 39.37 inches; the inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters. See Metric system, and Meter.

  3. To drive by inches, or small degrees.

    [R.]

    He gets too far into the soldier's grace
    And inches out my master.
    Dryden.

  4. To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move slowly.

    With slow paces measures back the field,
    And inches to the walls.
    Dryden.

  5. 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.

  6. A small distance or degree, whether of time or space; hence, a critical moment.

    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.

  7. To deal out by inches] to give sparingly.

    [R.]
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Inch

INCH, noun [Latin uncia, the twelfth part.]

1. A lineal measure in Great Britain and the United States, being the twelfth part of a foot, and equal to the length of three barley corns.

2. Proverbially, a small quantity or degree; as, to die by inches, to gain ground by inches.

3. A precise point of time.

Beldame, I think, we watch'd you at an inch [Unusual.]

INCH, verb transitive To drive by inches or small degrees. [Little used.]

1. To deal out by inches; to give sparingly. [Little used.]

INCH, verb intransitive To advance or retire by small degrees. [Little used.]

INCHed, is added to words of number; as four-inched. But in American the common practice is to add only inch; as a seven-inch cable.

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