- 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 notching
If they do, then Magna Carta Holy Grail has already gone platinum, notching the most first week sales of 2013.Jay-Z Announces New Album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ for July 4
June 17, 2013
It took in $122.8 billion and spent $326 billion, notching a $203.5 billion deficit.The Sequester Is Proof that Washington Thinks We Are All Idiots
March 14, 2013
They put up eight-log walls for the main camp, notching the ends.King Spruce, A Novel
This was seven in the morning, and they marked the spot by notching the trees.Natural History in Anecdote
By notching his knife into a saw, he cut his gun barrel into pieces.The Monarchs of the Main, Volume II (of 3)
Fortunately the beams had been joined by notching the ends of the crosspieces.Stand by for Mars!
It is also easy to cut one's fingers in notching the arrows.Miscellanea
Juliana Horatia Ewing
- 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 notching
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 notching
see take down a notch.