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Definition of Inch


  1. An island; -- often used in the names of small islands off the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. A small distance or degree, whether of time or space; hence, a critical moment.
  4. To drive by inches, or small degrees.
  5. To deal out by inches; to give sparingly.
  6. To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move slowly.
  7. Measurement an inch in any dimension, whether length, breadth, or thickness; -- used in composition; as, a two-inch cable; a four-inch plank.

Inch Quotations

I am in earnest - I will not equivocate - I will not excuse - I will not retreat a single inch - and I will be heard!
William Lloyd Garrison

Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness. Dotted with the ruins of empires once great, it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow. I love every inch of it.
King Hussein I

A great leader also has the ability to make people an inch taller in his presence.
N. R. Narayana Murthy

I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice... I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.
William Lloyd Garrison

Democracy's a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it's no longer democracy, is it? It's something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism.
Sam Shepard
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Inch Translations

inch in Dutch is duim als lengtemaat
inch in German is Zoll
inch in Norwegian is tomme
inch in Portuguese is polegada
inch in Swedish is tum
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