inch
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inch(
ihnch
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (unit of measurement)
a. la pulgada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The table measures 60 inches in length and 40 in width.La mesa mide 60 pulgadas de largo y 40 de ancho.
b. el dedo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(approximate)
When we got up in the morning, there were five inches of snow.Cuando nos levantamos por la mañana, había cinco dedos de nieve.
2. (small amount)
a. palmo
The injured hiker crawled inch by inch back to the base camp.El alpinista herido se arrastró palmo a palmo de vuelta al campamento base.
b. el paso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I was an inch from losing my temper with my students today.Hoy estuve a un paso de perder los estribos con mis alumnos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to move slowly)
a. avanzar despacio
He felt a knot in his stomach as he inched towards the door.Sintió un nudo en el estómago mientras avanzaba despacio hacia la puerta.
b. avanzar paso a paso
She inched along the corridor as noiselessly as possible.Avanzó paso a paso por el pasillo, tratando de hacer el menor ruido posible.
c. moverse lentamente
The clock hands were inching toward noon.Las manecillas del reloj se movían lentamente hacia el mediodía.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to progress slowly)
a. avanzar despacio
The negotiations are now inching towards a resolution.Las negociaciones avanzan ya despacio hacia una resolución.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to move slowly)
a. mover lentamente
After thinking long and hard, John inched two poker chips toward the center of the table.Tras mucho pensar, John movió dos fichas de póker lentamente hacia el centro de la mesa.
b. deslizar
The thief inched the television out the window to his accomplice.El ladrón deslizó el televisor por la ventana para que su cómplice lo recogiera.
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inch
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la pulgada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
inch by inchpalmo a palmo
the car missed me by inchesel coche no me atropelló por cuestión de centímetros
2. (idioms)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I know every inch of the townme conozco la ciudad como la palma de la mano
he's every inch the gentlemanes todo un caballero
to be within an inch of doing somethingestar en un tris de hacer algo
she won't give an inchno cederá ni un ápice
give her an inch and she'll take a miledale la mano y se tomará el brazo
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inch [ɪntʃ]
noun
pulgada (f) = 2.54 cm; (= 2.54 cm) inches (height) [of person] estatura (f)
not an inch of territory ni un palmo de territorio
the car missed me by inches faltó poco para que me atropellara el coche
inch by inch palmo a palmo
we searched every inch of the room registramos todos los rincones del cuarto
every inch of it was used se aprovechó hasta el último centímetro; he's every inch a soldier es todo un soldado
he didn't give an inch no hizo la menor concesión
to lose a few inches adelgazar un poco
to be within an inch of death/disaster estar a dos dedos de la muerte/del desastre
give him an inch and he'll take a mile dale un dedo y se toma hasta el codo
note See culture box in entry imperial.
modifier
inch tape (n) cinta (f) en pulgadas (para medir)
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Phrases with "inch"
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one inch
una pulgada
inch along
avanzar paso a paso
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