inch


inch
inch1 [ ıntʃ ] noun count ***
a unit for measuring length. An inch is equal to 2.54 CENTIMETERS. There are 12 inches in one foot:
The car stopped only about three inches from the edge of the cliff.
an inch high/long/wide: The insect was about an inch long.
a. an amount of rain, snow, soil, etc. that would cover a surface with a layer that is one inch deep:
The city was cut off for hours after 10 inches of snow fell overnight.
b. a very small distance or amount:
The gun was inches away from his face.
beat/thrash someone (to) within an inch of their life
to hit someone so hard that they almost die
every inch (of something)
the whole of an area or place:
Every inch of space was taken up with bookshelves.
give someone an inch (and they'll take a mile)
used for saying that if you agree to give someone something they want, they will then want to take more
inch by inch
very slowly, carefully, and gradually:
Divers are searching through these murky waters inch by inch.
look/be every inch something
to look/be completely like a particular type of person:
His wife looked every inch a Hollywood beauty.
not give/budge an inch
to completely refuse to change your opinion or decision:
I've tried everything to persuade her but she won't budge an inch.
inch
inch 2 [ ıntʃ ] verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive inch along/forward/up/toward to move somewhere very slowly and gradually, or to make something do this:
Maggie tapped impatiently on the steering wheel and inched slowly forward.
A dark shadow inched its way along the wall.
2. ) intransitive inch up/down/higher/lower to gradually become greater or smaller in amount or number:
Interest rates have been inching up over the past year.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Inch — Inch, n. [OE. inche, unche, AS. ynce, L. uncia the twelfth part, inch, ounce. See {Ounce} a weight.] [1913 Webster] 1. A measure of length, the twelfth part of a foot, commonly subdivided into halves, quarters, eights, sixteenths, etc., as among… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inch — inch1 [inch] n. [ME inche < OE ynce < L uncia, twelfth part, inch, OUNCE1] 1. a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to 1/ 12 foot (2.54 cm): symbol, ″: abbrev. in 2. a fall (of rain, snow, etc.) equal to the amount that would cover a… …   English World dictionary

  • Inch — 〈[ ı̣ntʃ] m. od. n.; , es; bei Maßangaben Pl.: ; Abk.: in.; 〉 engl. Längenmaß, Zoll, 2,54 cm [engl.] * * * Inch [ɪnt̮ʃ], der; [es], es […t̮ʃɪs] <aber: 4 Inch[es]> [engl. inch, aengl. ynce < lat. uncia, ↑ 1Unze]: Längeneinheit in… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • inch — [ɪntʆ] noun [countable] a unit for measuring length, equal to 2.54 centimetres * * * Ⅰ. inch UK US /ɪnʃ/ noun [C] (abbreviation in., symbol ʺ) ► MEASURES a unit of measure equal to one twelfth of a foot or 2.54 centimetres: » …   Financial and business terms

  • inch — ► NOUN 1) a unit of linear measure equal to one twelfth of a foot (2.54 cm). 2) a quantity of rainfall that would cover a horizontal surface to a depth of one inch. 3) a very small amount or distance: don t yield an inch. ► VERB ▪ move along… …   English terms dictionary

  • Inch —    INCH, a parish, in the county of Wigton, 2½ miles (E.) from Stranraer; containing, with the hamlets of Aird, Cairnryan, and Lochans, 2950 inhabitants. This place, which is of great antiquity, and distinguished for its lochs, appears to have… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • 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. [1913 Webster] {Inch stuff}, boards, etc., sawed one inch thick. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inch — inch·er; inch·ling; inch·ma·ree; inch·meal; inch; mi·cro·inch; mil·inch; …   English syllables

  • inch — s.m. Unitate de măsură pentru lungime, egală cu 2,54 cm, folosită în Anglia şi în Statele Unite ale Americii. [pr.: inci] – cuv. engl. Trimis de valeriu, 25.11.2008. Sursa: DEX 98  inch (unitate de măsură pentru lungime) s. m. [pron. engl. inci] …   Dicționar Român

  • Inch — Inch, v. i. To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move slowly; as, to inch forward. [1913 Webster] With slow paces measures back the field, And inches to the walls. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inch — n a unit of length equal to 1/36 yard or 2.54 centimeters * * * (in) (inch) a unit of linear measure, one twelfth of a foot, being the equivalent of 2.54 cm …   Medical dictionary