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.
Idioms about notch
notch up / down, to move up or down or increase or decrease by notches or degrees: The temperature has notched up another degree.
- notchy, adjective
- un·notched, adjective
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How to use notch in a sentence
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Instead, use those patterns as signals for when to ramp up activities or take things down a notch.
Billings suggested that it might be possible to store information about people as notches in the sides of cards.
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Can you imagine Superman being handed over to a writer just a notch above amateur?
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There must be a fly-wheel, with a notch to carry the rope, and also a small notch wheel on the drum-axle.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
The sides of the notch were steep, and the boys rode through it in single file, Matt taking the lead.
The ridge was broken by a notch, and the road crawled through the opening and into the defile.
Matt had just time to catch a glimpse of a rock rushing down the side of the notch.
In less than a quarter of an hour afterward he reached the notch, Matt wheeling into it close at his heels.
British Dictionary definitions for notch
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 achieve: the team notched up its fourth win
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with notch
see take down a notch.
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