theoretical inch


theoretical inch
A term referred to in discussions of measurement of water. In water measurement, the theoretical inch is founded upon the theory that water spouting from the side of a flume with a certain head, say four feet, will have the same velocity as if it fell the same distance through the air, and, as this velocity is fixed and certain, the amount of water referred to in the theoretical inch is fixed and certain. But the theory is not true in actual practice. Janesville Cotton Mills v Ford, 82 Wis 416, 52 NW 764.

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