Pronunciation: (inch),[key] —n. 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 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.