A tape marked out in inches.
- The definition of an inch is a small measurement equal to 1/12th of a foot or 2.54 centimeters.
An example of an inch is the length of a snail.
- Inch is defined as to slowly move closer.
An example of inch is for a person to slowly scoot over on a bench to his love interest.
- a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to foot (2.54 cm): symbol, ?: abbrev. in
- a fall (of rain, snow, etc.) equal to the amount that would cover a surface to the depth of one inch
- a unit of pressure as measured by a barometer or manometer, traditionally equal to the pressure balanced by the weight on a one-inch column of liquid in the instrument
- a very small amount, degree, or distance; trifle; bit
Origin of inchMiddle English inche from Old English ynce from Classical Latin uncia, twelfth part, inch, ounce
inch by inch
within an inch of
within an inch of one's life
Origin of inchMiddle English from Gaelic innis, island
nounAbbr. in or in.
- A unit of length in the US Customary and British Imperial systems, equal to 112 of a foot (2.54 centimeters). measurement
- A fall, as of rain or snow, sufficient to cover a surface to the depth of one inch.
- A unit of atmospheric pressure that is equal to the pressure exerted by a one-inch column of mercury at the earth's surface at a temperature of 0°C.
- A very small degree or amount: won't budge an inch.
intr. & tr.v.inched, inch·ing, inch·es
Origin of inchMiddle English from Old English ynce from Latin ūncia one twelfth of a unit ; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of inchMiddle English from Scottish Gaelic innis from Old Irish inis
(third-person singular simple present inches, present participle inching, simple past and past participle inched)
- (Scotland) A small island
- Found especially in the names of small Scottish islands, e.g. Inchcolm, Inchkeith.
From Gaelic innis