An island; -- often used in the names of small islands off the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.
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.
A small distance or degree, whether of time or space; hence, a critical moment.
To drive by inches, or small degrees.
To deal out by inches; to give sparingly.
To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move slowly.
Measurement an inch in any dimension, whether length, breadth, or thickness; -- used in composition; as, a two-inch cable; a four-inch plank.
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
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 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
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. Larry Bird
We can summarize electricity, magnetism and gravity into equations one inch long, and that's the power of field theory. And so I said to myself: I will create a field theory of strings. And when I did it one day, it was incredible, realizing that on a sheet of paper I can write down an equation which summarized almost all physical knowledge. Michio Kaku