- 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
1570–80; a notch (by false division) for an *otch < Old French oche notch
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Notchy—a creek entering Tellico river, in Monroe county, Tennessee.Myths of the Cherokee
- (of a motor vehicle gear mechanism) requiring careful gear-changing, as if having to fit the lever into narrow notches
- 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 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 notchy
1590s, from notch (n.). Earlier verb (before misdivision) was Middle English ochen "to cut, slash" (c.1400). Related: Notched; notching.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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 notchy
see take down a notch.
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