- 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 notched
In 2012, the U.S. notched a record $50 billion trade surplus in tourism.Tourism Is a Big Deal, and the Shutdown Will Ruin It
October 2, 2013
The company has notched annual losses several years in a row.If Cosi Wants to Make a Profit, It Needs to Increase Wages
August 22, 2013
And in the plug-in market (also generally referred to as the electric-car sector), Ford notched significant gains in April.Ford’s Hybrid Surge
May 6, 2013
A moody ballad by an Australian crooner has notched 134 million views on YouTube.Gotye on His Viral Hit ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’
March 31, 2012
But in 1956, two years earlier, Mucha had notched up a far greater score.My Banned Book
February 16, 2010
The edges of paste should always be notched before it goes into the oven.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
The gills are notched, crowded, pallid or rufescent, narrow.
The gills are notched at the point of attachment to the stem, broad, white.
The gills are broad, subdistant, rounded behind or notched, white.
The gills are attached to the stem or notched near the junction of the gills and the stem.
- 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 notched
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 notched
see take down a notch.