Inch of candle
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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