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 for inch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inch \Inch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inched; p. pr. & vb. n.
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     1. To drive by inches, or small degrees. [R.]
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              He gets too far into the soldier's grace
              And inches out my master.             --Dryden.
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     2. To deal out by inches; to give sparingly. [R.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inch \Inch\, v. i.
     To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move
     slowly; as, to inch forward.
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           With slow paces measures back the field,
           And inches to the walls.                 --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inch \Inch\ ([i^]nch), n. [Gael. inis.]
     An island; -- often used in the names of small islands off
     the coast of Scotland, as in Inchcolm, Inchkeith, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inch \Inch\, n. [OE. inche, unche, AS. ynce, L. uncia the
     twelfth part, inch, ounce. See Ounce a weight.]
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     1. 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.
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     Note: The symbol ' is the same symbol as the light accent, or
           the "minutes" of an arc. The "seconds" symbol should
           actually have the two strokes closer than in repeated
           "minutes", but in this dictionary '' will be
           interpreted as "seconds".
                 12 seconds ('') make 1 inch or prime. 12 inches
                 or primes (') make 1 foot.         --B.
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     Note: The meter, the accepted scientific standard of length,
           equals 39.37 inches; the inch is equal to 2.54
           centimeters. See Metric system, and Meter.
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     2. A small distance or degree, whether of time or space;
        hence, a critical moment; also used metaphorically of
        minor concessins in bargaining; as, he won't give an inch;
        give him an inch and he'll take a mile.
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              Beldame, I think we watched you at an inch. --Shak.
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     By inches, by slow degrees, gradually.
     Inch of candle. See under Candle.
     Inches of pressure, usually, the pressure indicated by so
        many inches of a mercury column, as on a steam gauge.
     Inch of water. See under Water.
     Miner's inch, (Hydraulic Mining), a unit for the
        measurement of water. See Inch of water, under Water.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inch \Inch\, a.
     Measuring an inch in any dimension, whether length, breadth,
     or thickness; -- used in composition; as, a two-inch cable; a
     four-inch plank.
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     Inch stuff, boards, etc., sawed one inch thick.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot [syn:
           inch, in]
      2: a unit of measurement for advertising space [syn: column
         inch, inch]
      v 1: advance slowly, as if by inches; "He edged towards the car"
           [syn: edge, inch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "inch":
     ace, amble, bit, bowshot, brief span, claudicate, close quarters,
     close range, crack, crawl, creep, crowd, dogtrot, drag, drag along,
     drag out, drive on, earreach, earshot, forge ahead, go dead slow,
     go on tiptoe, go slow, grovel, gumshoe, gunshot, hair, hair space,
     hairbreadth, hairsbreadth, hobble, idle, inch along, inch forward,
     jog-trot, laze, limp, little, little ways, mosey, muddle through,
     nightwalk, pad, pistol shot, poke, poke along, press forward,
     press on, prowl, push, push forward, push on, pussyfoot, saunter,
     scrabble, scramble, short distance, short piece, short way,
     shuffle along, sidle, slink, snake, sneak, span, spitting distance,
     stagger along, steal, steal along, step, stroll, tippytoe, tiptoe,
     toddle, toddle along, totter along, traipse, waddle, walk, worm,
     worm along

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INCH. From the Latin uncia. A measure of length, containing one-twelfth part 
  of a foot. 

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