inch

An inch is a small unit of measurement. Twelve inches makes one foot.

You might get an inch of your hair cut off, or hem your jeans so they're an inch shorter. Some countries use centimeters and meters as units of measurement, but if you measure in inches, you can order a twelve inch pizza or print out three by five inch photos. When inch is used as a verb, it means "to creep slowly forward." The Old English version was ynce, from the Latin uncia, "a twelfth part."

Definitions of inch
  1. noun
    a unit of length equal to one-twelfth of a foot
    synonyms: in
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    type of:
    linear measure, linear unit
    a unit of measurement of length
  2. noun
    a unit of measurement for advertising space
    synonyms: column inch
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    type of:
    area unit, square measure
    a system of units used to measure areas
  3. verb
    advance slowly, as if by inches
    synonyms: edge
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    type of:
    advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
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