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noun [countable] inch pronunciation in British English /ɪntʃ/
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  1. a unit for measuring length. An inch is equal to 2.54 centimetres. There are 12 inches in one foot
    The car stopped only about three inches from the edge of the cliff.
    an inch high/long/wide: The insect was about an inch long.
    1. a.
      a very small distance or amount
      The gun was inches away from his face.
    2. b.
      an amount of rain, snow, soil etc that would cover a surface with a layer that is one inch deep
      The city was cut off for hours after 10 inches of snow fell overnight.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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