Definition of 'inch'
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They know within a matter of inches which way they can move without being shot. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's skill not inches that makes a good lover but many men take some convincing. The Sun (2016)In any case, it is skill and not inches that makes a good lover. The Sun (2016)I am doing it up myself and the whole house is covered in an inch of dust. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The next morning I wake up to find a foot inches from my face. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I've done the sums to see which famous faces took up the most column inches. The Sun (2016)There's not one inch that isn't covered by some sort of building. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My thumb width is an inch, my foot is a foot, my stride is a yard. The Sun (2016)It is perfectly possible to look businesslike and smart without a heel'two to four inches' high. The Sun (2017)Not just a gentle nibble as our Shetland sheep do lower down, but a strip of bark half an inch deep. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The balance beam is only twelve inches off the fully carpeted floor. Christianity Today (2000)The soles are thick and rubbery and a good inch deep at the heel. Times, Sunday Times (2010)This can cause a substantial hole perhaps up to two inches in diameter. THE HUNTING OF MAN (2004)There is hardly an inch of wall left uncovered. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Computer sensors allow him to store cars just inches apart. Times, Sunday Times (2007)They should move not an inch towards its agenda. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Some inside walls were covered in an inch of moss. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It has had almost as many column inches devoted to it as his yogurt. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Place on the fold line and inch across the surface in the direction of the pile. Times, Sunday Times (2008)They must not be moved one inch. Indian Balm - Travels in the Southern Subcontinent (1994)Skirt no higher than two inches above the knee? Times, Sunday Times (2014)Yet it defied the laws of physics to inch forward. The Sun (2007)They are one and a quarter inch in length. EMPIRES OF THE PLAIN: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon (2003)Six foot four inches is the optimum height for a guy. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Better to inch your way to fitness than go hell for leather but stall after a week. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Each thigh is now half an inch smaller. Times, Sunday Times (2015)We were slowly inching forward along the road. BLACK KNIGHTS: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (2003)Set them just an inch or two deeper than they were in the pot. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Pilots can take the craft within inches of rock walls at obscene speeds. Times, Sunday Times (2007)All that he could do was to keep his foot to the floor and watch his car inch past truck after truck. Banish Anxiety - how to stop worrying and take charge of your life (1991)He looked an inch or so taller, and a great many years younger. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886)
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Translations for 'inch'
British English: inch /ɪntʃ/ NOUN
An inch is a unit of length, equal to 2.54 centimetres.
Dig a hole 18 inches deep.
- American English: inch
- Arabic: بُوصَةُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: polegada
- Chinese: 英寸
- Croatian: inč
- Czech: palec jednotka délky
- Danish: tomme
- Dutch: inch
- European Spanish: pulgada
- Finnish: tuuma mittayksikkö
- French: pouce mesure
- German: Zoll Maß
- Greek: ίντσα
- Italian: pollice
- Japanese: インチ
- Korean: 인치
- Norwegian: tomme
- Polish: cal
- European Portuguese: polegada
- Romanian: țol
- Russian: дюйм
- Spanish: pulgada
- Swedish: tum
- Thai: นิ้ว
- Turkish: inç
- Ukrainian: дюйм
- Vietnamese: inch
British English: inch VERB
To inch somewhere means to move there very slowly and carefully, or to make something do this.
...a climber inching up a vertical wall of rock.
- American English: inch
- Brazilian Portuguese: mover-se lenta e cuidadosamente
- Chinese: 缓慢地移动
- European Spanish: avanzar lentamente
- French: avancer peu à peu
- German: sich vorarbeiten
- Italian: avanzare lentamente
- Japanese: 徐々に動く/徐々に動かす
- Korean: 조금씩 움직이다
- European Portuguese: mover-se lenta e cuidadosamente
- Spanish: avanzar lentamente
Definition of inch from the Collins English Dictionary
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