• A unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot, or exactly 2.54 centimetres.
  • The amount of water which would cover a surface to the depth of an inch, used as a measurement of rainfall.
  • The amount of an alcoholic beverage which would fill a glass or bottle to the depth of an inch.
  • A very short distance.
  • A small island


  • To advance very slowly, or by a small amount (in a particular direction).
  • To drive by inches, or small degrees.
  • To deal out by inches; to give sparingly.


  • From Middle English ynche, enche, from Old English ynce, borrowed from Latin uncia ("twelfth part"). ounce, uncia, oka, and ouguiya.
  • From Scottish Gaelic innis

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