Definition of notch in English:


Syllabification: notch
Pronunciation: /näCH


  • 1An indentation or incision on an edge or surface: there was a notch in the end of the arrow for the bowstring
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    • Black vine weevil adults chew irregular notches on the edges of hosta leaves.
    • The swords are measured to ascertain that they are of equal length, and in no case must a sword with a sharp edge or a notch be allowed.
    • The circuit boards comprise a notch in the top edge which receives a corresponding projection.
  • 1.1Each of a series of holes for the tongue of a buckle: he tightened his belt an extra notch
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    • On the positive side, I tried on my kilt again after weighing myself, and found that it fit comfortably again, albeit with the buckles at their loosest notches.
    • But I guess it's time for me to put another notch in my belt buckle.
    • My first indication that I'm going to need to let out my belt a couple of notches comes at the hotel's raclette and fondue evening.
  • 1.2A nick made on something in order to keep a score or record: he had a six-gun with four notches in it for guys he had killed
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    • As long as you made it by the time the guy in charge reached your name, you received a notch on the stick used to record your presence.
    • He had cut notches into the wooden surface of the longbow, counting how many foes he had slain with the weapon; so far there were forty-nine marks.
    • Carved notches may refer to the number of days before or after a particular event; the number of groups involved; or items needed for ceremonial purposes.
    nick, cut, incision, score, scratch, slit, slot, groove, cleft, indentation
  • 1.3A point or degree in a scale: her opinion of Nicole dropped a few notches
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    • Having fun with the argument just edged it up a notch.
    • If he swings enough minds with this piece, who knows, maybe the worship of the electronic musician that marks our era may be taken down a notch.
    • Birds chirped, flapping in the swaying trees as the breeze picked up a notch.
    degree, level, rung, point, mark, measure, grade
  • 2North American A deep, narrow mountain pass.
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    • Short sections of dirt roads connect trails that usually wind through notches.


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  • 1Make notches in: (as adjective notched) notched bamboo sticks
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    • Every serious hiker will want to notch this one up on their walking stick.
    • Here I am, just over sixty, and I feel like the Grim Reaper already has me notched on his stick.
    • Each flower has six erect round petals that are notched.
    nick, cut, score, incise, carve, scratch, slit, gouge, groove, furrow
  • 1.1Secure or insert by means of notches: she notched her belt tighter
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    • Half the arrows were notched as the second dragon burst from nowhere.
    • She sheathed her swords and notched an arrow onto the string of her bow.
  • 2Score or achieve (something): she notched her second major championship
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    • It normally takes between four to six years to achieve this but it was notched up by John in just 15 months.
    • The last million was notched up in just six months as 6,000 punters a day sign up to broadband.
    • Kerry were regularly in trouble throughout the opening 20 minutes as the slick moving Meath forwards notched some sweet scores.





mid 16th century: probably from Anglo-Norman French noche, variant of Old French osche, of unknown origin.

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