notch

[noch]
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noun

verb (used with object)


Idioms

    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

1570–80; a notch (by false division) for an *otch < Old French oche notch
Related formsnotch·y, adjectiveun·notched, adjective
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Examples from the Web for notches

Contemporary Examples of notches

Historical Examples of notches

  • From the notches on his back the alligator is called a sawrian.

  • The edges of the gables rose, not in a slope, but in a succession of notches, like stairs.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • 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.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • The notches for the string should be two-thirds the depth of the string.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America


British Dictionary definitions for notches

notch

noun

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)

verb (tr)

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 for notch

C16: from incorrect division of an otch (as a notch), from Old French oche notch, from Latin obsecāre to cut off, from secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for notches

notch

v.

1590s, from notch (n.). Earlier verb (before misdivision) was Middle English ochen "to cut, slash" (c.1400). Related: Notched; notching.

notch

n.

1570s, probably a misdivision of an otch (see N for other examples), from Middle French oche "notch," from Old French ochier "to notch," of unknown origin. Said to be unconnected to nock.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

notches in Medicine

notch

[nŏch]

n.

An indentation at the edge of a structure; an incisure.
An upstroke or peak on a pulse tracing.
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Idioms and Phrases with notches

notch

see take down a notch.

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