- 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
Related Wordsrung, gash, cut, indent, incision, scratch, indenture, gap, nick, score, cleft, mill, mark, groove, rut, nock, rabbet, grade, step, degree
Examples from the Web for notches
As if working down a checklist, he notches short chapters about every institution within the greater floating institution.Geoff Dyer at Sea: Unmoored but on Target
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
May 21, 2014
If Johnson notches his support up to 10 percent, the question won't be if he alters the November outcome, but how.Don’t Forget Gary Johnson! How the Libertarian Could Shake Up 2012
May 6, 2012
That respect will fall more than a couple of notches with any downgrade.America's Debt Gets Scary
March 16, 2010
From the notches on his back the alligator is called a sawrian.The Devil's Dictionary
The edges of the gables rose, not in a slope, but in a succession of notches, like stairs.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Still, I must say, having you puts me a couple of notches ahead of her.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
These notches are for the string, which is to be put on early.
The notches for the string should be two-thirds the depth of the string.
- 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 notches
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 notches
see take down a notch.