inch ( inches plural & 3rd person present) ( inching present participle) ( inched past tense & past participle )
1 n-count An inch is an imperial unit of length, approximately equal to 2.54 centimetres. There are twelve inches in a foot.
num N, oft N of n
...18 inches below the surface.
2 verb To inch somewhere or to inch something somewhere means to move there very slowly and carefully, or to make something do this.
...a climber inching up a vertical wall of rock... V prep/adv
He inched the van forward... V n prep/adv
An ambulance inched its way through the crowd. V way prep/adv
3 If you say that someone looks every inch a certain type of person, you are emphasizing that they look exactly like that kind of person.
every inch phrase v-link PHR n (emphasis)
He looks every inch the City businessman...
4 If someone or something moves inch by inch, they move very slowly and carefully.
inch by inch phrase PHR after v (emphasis)
The car moved forward inch by inch...
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