- an angular or V-shaped cut, indentation, or slit in an object, surface, or edge.
- a cut or nick made in a stick or other object for record, as in keeping a tally.
- New England and Upstate New York. a deep, narrow opening or pass between mountains; gap; defile.
- Informal. a step, degree, or grade: This camera is a notch better than the other.
- Metallurgy. a taphole in a blast furnace: iron notch; cinder notch.
- to cut or make a notch in.
- to record by notches: He notched each kill on the stick.
- to score, as in a game: He notched another win.
- notch up/down, to move up or down or increase or decrease by notches or degrees: The temperature has notched up another degree.
Origin of notch
Examples from the Web for notch
Now they are a notch on a belt, and the savior can feel good about themselves.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
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Can you imagine Superman being handed over to a writer just a notch above amateur?Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back
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But while they have been taken down a notch, giants like Goldman Sachs still tower over their regulators.The Incredible 'Wussiness' Of The Fed Vs Goldman Sachs—Caught On Tape
September 26, 2014
Did you feel Archer needed to, in the words of Emeril, kick it up a notch?'Archer Creator Adam Reed on 'Vice,' Season 6's 'Unreboot,' and New Characters
August 5, 2014
Despite committing 13 penalties, the Iroquois roared back from a late 8-3 deficit to notch it at 8-8 before giving up a late goal.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower
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Cover the pie with a crust, notch and ornament it, and bake it well.
Notch and ornament it handsomely with leaves and flowers of paste.
Notch the edges handsomely, and put a paste flower in the centre.
It had rained among the hills about the Notch, and cleared off.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Then he turned to the nearest tree, and made a notch on the bark with the blade.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- a V-shaped cut or indentation; nick
- a cut or nick made in a tally stick or similar object
- US and Canadian a narrow pass or gorge
- informal a step or level (esp in the phrase a notch above)
- to cut or make a notch in
- to record with or as if with a notch
- (usually foll by up) informal to score or achievethe team notched up its fourth win
Word Origin and History for notch
1590s, from notch (n.). Earlier verb (before misdivision) was Middle English ochen "to cut, slash" (c.1400). Related: Notched; notching.
- An indentation at the edge of a structure; an incisure.
- An upstroke or peak on a pulse tracing.
Idioms and Phrases with notch
see take down a notch.