Definition of inch:
- 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.
- An island; - often used in the names of small islands off the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.
- Measurement an inch in any dimension, whether length, breadth, or thickness; - used in composition; as, a two- inch cable; a four- inch plank.
- The specific signification of in is situation or place with respect to surrounding, environment, encompassment, etc. It is used with verbs signifying being, resting, or moving within limits, or within circumstances or conditions of any kind conceived of as limiting, confining, or investing, either wholly or in part. In its different applications, it approaches some of the meanings of, and sometimes is interchangeable with, within, into, on, at, of, and among.
- To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move slowly.
- To deal out by inches; to give sparingly.
- To drive by inches, or small degrees.
- measure (part of speech: noun)
slowly (part of speech: adverb)
- by degrees,
- step by step,
- inch by inch
- "Maid Marian", Thomas Love Peacock.
- "Bobby of the Labrador", Dillon Wallace.
- "When London Burned", G. A. Henty.