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Definition of "inch" []

  • A unit of length in the U.S. Customary and British Imperial systems, equal to 1/12 of a foot (2.54 centimeters). See Table at measurement. (noun)
  • A fall, as of rain or snow, sufficient to cover a surface to the depth of one inch. (noun)
  • A unit of atmospheric pressure that is equal to the pressure exerted by a one-inch column of mercury at the earth's surface at a temperature of 0°C. (noun)
  • A very small degree or amount: won't budge an inch. (noun)
  • To move or cause to move slowly or by small degrees: inching along through stalled traffic; inched the chair forward. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inch" in a sentence
  • "Roll out the puff pastry to a thickness of ½ inch (1 cm) and not less than 3/8 inch, long and wide enough to cut out two 8 or 8 ½-inch (21 cm) discs."
  • "Trim all excess fat from steak and cut into-3 inch strips about ½-inch wide."
  • "Cut the leeks lengthwise in half or in quarters if they are more than 1 inch thick, then slice them crosswise in ½-inch chunks."