Miner's inch
Inch Inch, n. [OE. inche, unche, AS. ynce, L. uncia the twelfth part, inch, ounce. See {Ounce} a weight.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

12 seconds ('') make 1 inch or prime. 12 inches or primes (') make 1 foot. --B. Greenleaf. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Beldame, I think we watched you at an inch. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Miner's inch — Miner Min er, n. [Cf. F. mineur.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who mines; a digger for metals, etc.; one engaged in the business of getting ore, coal, or precious stones, out of the earth; one who digs military mines; as, armies have sappers and miners …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miner's inch — A unit of measurement of the rate of discharge of water, known in some of the Western states, being the amount of water that flows through an orifice one inch square in a vertical position and under a standard head prescribed by custom or by… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Miner's inch — The miner s inch is a unit of flow in terms of volume per unit time. It is sometimes used in relation to flow of water. Definition 1/60 ft³/s (472 mL/s) New Zealand 1/50 ft³/s (566 mL/s) southern California, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico,… …   Wikipedia

  • miner's inch — Water Wa ter (w[add] t[ e]r), n. [AS. w[ae]ter; akin to OS. watar, OFries. wetir, weter, LG. & D. water, G. wasser, OHG. wazzar, Icel. vatn, Sw. vatten, Dan. vand, Goth. wat[=o], O. Slav. & Russ. voda, Gr. y dwr, Skr. udan water, ud to wet, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miner's inch —    a traditional unit of water flow in the western United States. The unit originally represented streamflow through an opening one inch (25.4 mm) square at a specified distance below the surface of the water; this distance varied from 4 to 6… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • miner's inch — noun : a unit of water flow that varies with locality; especially : a flow equal to 1.5 cubic feet per minute * * * a unit of measure of water flow, varying with locality but often a flow equaling 1.5 cu. ft. (0.04 m3) per minute. [1865 70,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • miner's inch — a unit of measure of water flow, varying with locality but often a flow equaling 1.5 cu. ft. (0.04 m3) per minute. [1865 70, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Miner's elbow — Miner Min er, n. [Cf. F. mineur.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who mines; a digger for metals, etc.; one engaged in the business of getting ore, coal, or precious stones, out of the earth; one who digs military mines; as, armies have sappers and miners …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Miner — Min er, n. [Cf. F. mineur.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who mines; a digger for metals, etc.; one engaged in the business of getting ore, coal, or precious stones, out of the earth; one who digs military mines; as, armies have sappers and miners. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inch — Inch, n. [OE. inche, unche, AS. ynce, L. uncia the twelfth part, inch, ounce. See {Ounce} a weight.] [1913 Webster] 1. A measure of length, the twelfth part of a foot, commonly subdivided into halves, quarters, eights, sixteenths, etc., as among… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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