- 1An indentation or incision on an edge or surface: there was a notch in the end of the arrow for the bowstringMore example sentences
- 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 notchMore example sentences
- 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: • figurative I didn’t want to be just another notch on Nathan’s bedpostMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3A point or degree in a scale: her opinion of Nicole dropped a few notchesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2North American A deep, narrow mountain pass.More example sentences
- Short sections of dirt roads connect trails that usually wind through notches.
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- 1Make notches in: (as adjective notched) notched bamboo sticksMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Secure or insert by means of notches: she notched her belt tighterMore example sentences
- 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): he notched up fifteen years' service with the companyMore example sentences
- 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.