inch. (1) A measure of length supposed equal to three grains of barley laid end to end; the twelfth part of a foot.
A foot is the sixth part of the stature of man, a span one eighth of it, and a thumb’s breadth or inch one seventy second. Holder, On Time.
From: Johnson’s Dictionary, A Modern Selection by E.L. McAdam, Jr. & George Milne, New York, Pantheon Books, 1963.
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