notch

[noch]
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noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. notarize,
  2. notary,
  3. notary public,
  4. notate,
  5. notation,
  6. notch baby,
  7. notch effect,
  8. notchback,
  9. notched collar,
  10. notchy

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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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
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Medicine definitions for notches

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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