a unit of length, 1/12 (0.0833) foot, equivalent to 2.54 centimeters.
a very small amount of anything; narrow margin:
to win by an inch; to avert disaster by an inch.
to move by inches or small degrees:
We inched our way along the road.
narrowly; by a narrow margin:
escaped by inches.
Also, inch by inch. by small degrees or stages; gradually:
The miners worked their way through the narrow shaft inch by inch.
every inch, in every respect; completely:
That horse is every inch a thoroughbred.
within an inch of, nearly; close to:
He came within an inch of getting killed in the crash.
a small island near the seacoast.
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a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot or 0.0254 metre
an amount of precipitation that would cover a surface with water one inch deep: five inches of rain fell in January
a unit of pressure equal to a mercury column one inch high in a barometer
a very small distance, degree, or amount
every inch, in every way; completely: he was every inch an aristocrat
inch by inch, gradually; little by little
within an inch of, very close to
to move or be moved very slowly or in very small steps: the car inched forward
(transitive) foll by out. to defeat (someone) by a very small margin
(Scot & Irish) a small island
A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 1/12 of a foot (2.54 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
inch by inch
a person who professes his or her patriotism loudly and excessively, favoring vigilant preparedness for war and an aggressive foreign policy; bellicose chauvinist. English History. a Conservative supporter of Disraeli’s policy in the Near East during the period 1877–78. of jingoes. characterized by jingoism. by jingo!, Informal. (an exclamation used to emphasize the truth or […]
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a secondary road or lane. Historical Examples Life’s Handicap Rudyard Kipling noun a side lane or alley off a road
to spring through the air from one point or position to another; jump: to leap over a ditch. to move or act quickly or suddenly: to leap aside; She leaped at the opportunity. to pass, come, rise, etc., as if with a jump: to leap to a conclusion; an idea that immediately leaped to mind. […]