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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

When you see a fashion show, you see those seven minutes of what was six months of tedious work of, you know, going up an inch and down an inch, changing it from one shade of red to another shade of red. So it's the same as any creative process. The result is what we see, but the process is really labor intensive and work.
Marc Jacobs

The cinema began with a passionate, physical relationship between celluloid and the artists and craftsmen and technicians who handled it, manipulated it, and came to know it the way a lover comes to know every inch of the body of the beloved. No matter where the cinema goes, we cannot afford to lose sight of its beginnings.
Martin Scorsese

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

Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.
Bill Watterson

Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
Larry Bird
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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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