Pronunciation: (inch), [key]
1. a unit of length, 1/12 foot, equivalent to 2.54 centimeters.
2. a very small amount of anything; narrow margin: to win by an inch; to avert disaster by an inch.
3. by inches,
a. narrowly; by a narrow margin: escaped by inches.
b. Also,inch by small degrees or stages; gradually: The miners worked their way through the narrow shaft inch by inch.
4. every inch, in every respect; completely: That horse is every inch a thoroughbred.
5. within an inch of, nearly; close to: He came within an inch of getting killed in the crash.

v.t., v.i.
to move by inches or small degrees: We inched our way along the road.


Pronunciation: (inch), [key]
n. Scot.
a small island near the seacoast.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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