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"inch" in British English

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inchnoun [C]

uk   /ɪntʃ/  us   /ɪntʃ/ (written abbreviation in.)
B1 a unit used for measuring length, approximately equal to 2.54 centimetres, sometimes shown by the symbol ″: Twelve inches are equal to one foot. He had a cut an inch long above his left eye. The snow was six inches deep in some places. a piece of wood 2″ by 2″

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inchverb [I or T, + adv/prep]

uk   /ɪntʃ/  us   /ɪntʃ/
(Definition of inch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inch" in American English

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inchnoun [C]

 us   /ɪntʃ/ (abbreviation in., symbol )
  • inch noun [C] (MEASUREMENT)

a unit of measurement of length equal to 1/12 foot or 2.54 centimeters

inchverb [always + adv/prep]

 us   /ɪntʃ/
to move very slowly, or in a lot of short stages: [I] Stock prices inched higher throughout the afternoon. [T] Mike inched the bookcase into position.
(Definition of inch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inch" in Business English

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inchnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪnʃ/ (abbreviation in., symbol ʺ)
MEASURES a unit of measure equal to one-twelfth of a foot or 2.54 centimetres: Eighteen inches of snow disrupted deliveries across the Midwest. The tablet computer's screen measures 9.4 inches diagonally. Sheet metal cladding costs more per square inch than reinforced plastic.
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inchverb [I]

uk   us   /ɪnʃ/
to move very slowly or in a lot of short stages: inch ahead/along/forward Crates inched along the conveyor belt on their way out of the warehouse. Legislators inched closer to closing a loophole in the law.inch up/upward Stocks slowly inched upward in March.
(Definition of inch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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