Definition of notch in English:

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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.


[with object]
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.

Words that rhyme with notch

blotch, botch, crotch, outwatch, scotch, splotch, swatch, topnotch, watch

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Syllabification: notch

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