inch


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inch \Inch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inched; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Inching.]
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   1. To drive by inches, or small degrees. [R.]
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            He gets too far into the soldier's grace
            And inches out my master.             --Dryden.
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   2. To deal out by inches; to give sparingly. [R.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inch \Inch\, v. i.
   To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move
   slowly; as, to inch forward.
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         With slow paces measures back the field,
         And inches to the walls.                 --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inch \Inch\ ([i^]nch), n. [Gael. inis.]
   An island; -- often used in the names of small islands off
   the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inch \Inch\, n. [OE. inche, unche, AS. ynce, L. uncia the
   twelfth part, inch, ounce. See Ounce a weight.]
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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.
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   Note: The symbol ' is the same symbol as the light accent, or
         the "minutes" of an arc. The "seconds" symbol should
         actually have the two strokes closer than in repeated
         "minutes", but in this dictionary '' will be
         interpreted as "seconds".
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               12 seconds ('') make 1 inch or prime. 12 inches
               or primes (') make 1 foot.         --B.
                                                  Greenleaf.
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   Note: 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.
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   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.
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            Beldame, I think we watched you at an inch. --Shak.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inch \Inch\, a.
   Measuring an inch in any dimension, whether length, breadth,
   or thickness; -- used in composition; as, a two-inch cable; a
   four-inch plank.
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   Inch stuff, boards, etc., sawed one inch thick.
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