Definition of inchmeal in English:

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inchmeal

Pronunciation: /ˈɪntʃmiːl/

adverb

By inches; little by little.
Example sentences
  • Not like a lion, not like a lamb, more like a slug: winter is arriving inchmeal in the New York City region.
  • Trench warfare in Pennsylvania cities is therefore inchmeal, and the results hard to measure.
  • The warm water moves inchmeal to the east; the coast of America gets slowly but surely a thicker layer of warm water.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from inch1 + -meal from Old English mǣlum, in the sense 'measure, quantity taken at one time'.

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