Crossword clues for inch
- See 61-Across
- Tailor's unit
- Square ___
- Move slowly (along)
- Advance slowly
- Crawl (along)
- A unit of length (in United States and Britain) equal to one twelfth of a foot
- A unit of measurement for advertising space
- Part of a foot
- Height of a kangaroo at birth
- Proceed slowly
- Small measure
- Foot part
- Creep ahead
- Edge along
- Kind of worm
- Measure of length
- Move gradually
- Move by small degrees
- Type of worm
- Small distance
- Meal or worm
- Foot section
- Kind of worm or meal
- Ruler unit
- Span fraction
- Narrow margin
- Distance between belt notches, maybe
- Move slowly
- Rainfall measurement
- Tiny amount of progress
- Foot division
- Make a small move
- Mark of a ruler
- Progress slowly
- Rainfall measure
- Creep (along)
- Short distance
- Unit indicated by "
- 1/36 of a yard
- 2.54 centimeters
- 1/12 of a foot
- Ruler division
- Narrow winning margin
- Ruler part
- Word derived from the Latin "uncia," meaning "one-twelfth"
- 1/12 of a ruler
- Go slowly (along)
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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.
Inch \Inch\, n. [OE. inche, unche, AS. ynce, L. uncia the twelfth part, inch, ounce. See Ounce a weight.]
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.
Note: The meter, the accepted scientific standard of length, equals 39.37 inches; the inch is equal to
54 centimeters. See Metric system, and Meter.
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.
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.
Inch \Inch\, v. i. 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.
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.
Inch stuff, boards, etc., sawed one inch thick.
Inch \Inch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inched; p. pr. & vb. n. Inching.]
To drive by inches, or small degrees. [R.]
He gets too far into the soldier's grace And inches out my master.
To deal out by inches; to give sparingly. [R.]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"linear measure, one-twelfth of a foot," late Old English ynce, Middle English unche (current spelling c.1300), from Latin uncia "a twelfth part," from root of unus "one" (see one). An early borrowing from Latin, not found in any other Germanic language. Transferred and figurative sense of "a very small amount" is attested from mid-14c. For phrase give him an inch ... see ell.
"small Scottish island," early 15c., from Gaelic innis (genitive innse) "island, land by a river," from Celtic *inissi (cognates: Old Irish inis, Welsh ynys, Breton enez).
"move little by little," 1590s, from inch (n.1). Related: Inched; inching.
Etymology 1 n. 1 A unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot, or exactly 2.54 centimetres. 2 (context meteorology English) The amount of water which would cover a surface to the depth of an inch, used as a measurement of rainfall. 3 The amount of an alcoholic beverage which would fill a glass or bottle to the depth of an inch. 4 (context figuratively English) A very short distance. vb. (context intransitive followed by a preposition English) To advance very slowly, or by a small amount (in a particular direction). Etymology 2
n. (context Scotland English) A small island
v. advance slowly, as if by inches; "He edged towards the car" [syn: edge]
An inch (plural: inches; abbreviation or symbol: in or ″ – a double prime) is a unit of length in the imperial and United States customary systems of measurement. Historically, an inch was also used in a number of other systems of units. Traditional standards for the exact length of an inch have varied in the past, but since July 1959, when the international yard was defined as 0.9144 metres, the international inch has been exactly 25.4 mm. There are 12 inches in a foot and 36 inches in a yard.
An inch is a unit of measurement.
Inch or inches may also refer to
Inch was a pop-punk band formed in San Diego in 1992. The group was founded by former Sub Society vocalist Michael "Stimy" Steinman, guitarist Mike Paprocki and bassist Jeff Reese.
Usage examples of "inch".
In less time than it once took her heart to beat, Allison had the man by the front of his ragged, sweat-brittle flannel shirt and three inches off the ground.
We faced each other and pushed our shoes against each other, each of us bracing like an Alpinist inching his way up a rock chimneymy socks against her tennis shoes, rather, for my shoes were still on my workbench, so far as I knew I wondered if they had simply dumped Oscar in the pasture and if Dad would find him.
After another minute or so with nothing but a few eye blinks lending her face a live look, she shook her head a slightly, moving her chin a bare inch each way, then with her eyes glued to Andi until the final second, she slipped out the door without comment.
Similar mark on the left upper arm two inches above the antecubital space.
Could feel in the tips of my fingers exactly what needed to be done, could see in the back of my eyes the heart, smaller than my fist, the slippery, pumping, rubbery muscle and the blood washing through the ductus arteriosus, a small vessel, no bigger than an eighth of an inch in circumference.
Tenjo, children threw up ascarids six inches long and some almost strangled on them.
On the ground ten feet away he found the long cape of the stranger, and to it was adhering several black feathers, glossily ashine, and several inches in length.
The Atlantean was shorter by an inch or two than himself, thick of upper arm and shoulder, the width of which was somewhat balanced by a sizable paunch.
In an effort to hide her Auca ancestry she combs her hair down to cover her disfigured ear lobes-- ear lobes once adorned with round balsa wood plugs more than an inch in diameter.
One of my pieces has been reworked by a real master and it will shoot into two inches with good ammunition when I do my part, yet it functions better than any other autopistol I own.
There were still long lines of civilian autos, pickups, minivans, and SUVs inching slowly south toward the junction with Interstate 25, the main road to Albuquerque.
My entrails dangling just inches above the water, so the Axumite marines could bet on the sharks competing for them.
Tiber rose just enough to ensure that some of the public latrines backfilled and floated excrement out of their doors, a vegetable shortage developed when the Campus Martius and the Campus Vaticanus were covered with a few inches of water, and shoddily built high-rise insulae began to crumble into total collapse or suddenly manifested huge cracks in walls and foundations.
The baho, which is inserted in the roof of the kiva, is a piece of willow twig about six inches long, stripped of its bark and painted.
Around them every inch of deck was occupied, yet room continued to be found for late arrivals, whole families happily wedged into openings barely larger than a telephone booth, dozing babies dangled in beadwork carriers from hooks in the overhead beams.