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Princeton's WordNet

  1. notchnoun

    a V-shaped indentation

    "mandibular notch"

  2. pass, mountain pass, notchnoun

    the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks

    "we got through the pass before it started to snow"

  3. notchnoun

    a V-shaped or U-shaped indentation carved or scratched into a surface

    "there were four notches in the handle of his revolver"

  4. notch, nick, snickverb

    a small cut

  5. notchverb

    cut or make a notch into

    "notch the rope"

  6. notchverb

    notch a surface to record something


  1. notchnoun

    A V-shaped cut.

  2. notchnoun

    Such a cut, used for keeping a record

    The notches in that tribe's warrior axe handles stand for killed enemies.

  3. notchnoun

    An indentation.

  4. notchnoun

    A mountain pass; a defile

  5. notchnoun

    A level or degree.

    This car is a notch better than the other.

  6. notchverb

    To cut a notch in (something).

  7. notchverb

    To record (a score or similar) by making notches on something.

    The tribe's hunters notch their kills by notches on each's axe's handle.

  8. notchverb

    To join by means of notches.

  9. notchverb

    To achieve (something).

    The team notched a pair of shutout wins on Sunday.

  10. Etymology: Recorded since 1577, probably a of an + otch, which noun stems from oche, itself from the verb ochier, of unknown origin

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NOTCHnoun

    A nick; a hollow cut in any thing.

    Etymology: nocchia, Italian.

    The convex work is composed of black and citrin pieces in the margin, of a pyramidal figure appositely set, and with transverse notches. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    From his rug the skew’r he takes,
    And on the stick ten equal notches makes:
    There take my tally of ten thousand pound. Jonathan Swift.

    He shew’d a comma ne’er could claim
    A place in any British name;
    Yet making here a perfect botch,
    Thrusts your poor vowel from his notch. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Notchverb

    To cut in small hollows.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He was too hard for him directly: before Corioli, he scotcht him and notcht him like a carbonado. William Shakespeare.

    The convex work is composed of black and citrin pieces, cancellated and transversely notched. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    From him whose quills stand quiver’d at his ear,
    To him who notches sticks at Westminster. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Notchnoun

    a hollow cut in anything; a nick; an indentation

  2. Notchnoun

    a narrow passage between two elevation; a deep, close pass; a defile; as, the notch of a mountain

  3. Notchverb

    to cut or make notches in ; to indent; also, to score by notches; as, to notch a stick

  4. Notchverb

    to fit the notch of (an arrow) to the string

  5. Etymology: [Akin to nock; cf. OD. nock, OSw. nocka. Cf. Nick a notch.]


  1. Notch

    Norman Howell, better known as Notch is a R&B, reggae, dancehall and reggaeton artist. He was the former lead vocalist and one of the creative force behind the hip hop-reggae act, Born Jamericans. He has been featured on hit albums such as Mas Flow 2, Mas Flow 2.5, Chosen Few II: El Documental, Barrio Fino, and The Cosmic Game. His first solo album, Raised by the People, was released in May 2007.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Notch

    noch, n. a nick cut in anything: an indentation, incision, incisure: a narrow pass in a rock, or between two mountains.—v.t. to cut a hollow into.—n. Notch′-board, the board which receives the ends of the steps of a staircase—also Bridge-board.—adjs. Notch′-eared, having emarginate ears, as the notch-eared bat; Notched, nicked.—n. Notch′ing, a method of joining framing-timbers, by halving, scarfing, or caulking. [From a Teut. root, as in Old Dut. nock. Cf. Nick, a notch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. notch

    The gaffle of a cross-bow.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of notch in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of notch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of notch in a Sentence

  1. Laxman Singh Rathore:

    In my opinion, overall monsoon rains will fall a notch or two below the 88 percent forecast that came out in June.

  2. Susan Collins:

    PELOSI, SCHUMER MOCKED ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH ANGRY PARENTS MEMES AFTER THEIR PRIME TIME TRUMP REBUTTAL Sources tell Fox News that Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardnerremains worried about whether an extended shutdown and dysfunction in Washington could hurt the U.S.s credit rating, which is based on factors that include politics, monetary policy, economic indicators, and externalities. The county last lost its top-notch credit status in 2011 after Standard and Poors lowered it from AAA to AA +, amid a showdown over the debt ceiling. Gardner, a first-term senator, is up for re-election in 2020, and The Colorado Sun has said his seat is among the most vulnerable in Senate Minority. A poll conducted late last yearfound that Gardners favorability rating hovers near 43 percent. Hillary Clinton bested Trump by five percentage points during the 2016 presidential race in Colorado. Another Republican senator facing a tough re-election bid in 2020 in a state that went for Clinton in 2016, Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins, said Wednesday that Susan Collins had asked Trump at lunch to consider a compromise to end the shutdown. IN FIRST-EVER PRIME TIME OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS, TRUMP OFFERS COMPROMISE, LAMENTS BORDER CRISIS I suggested that we take a look at the package that we put together last February and brought to the floor as a possible compromise.

  3. Matt Moore:

    Step it up a notch! a number of Cruz supporters, frankly, were involved at this time last year.

  4. Steve Tsang:

    ( The Chinese and Russia) share two primary strategic interests, one is to take the American global leadership down a notch or two. The second is to make the world safe for authoritarianism.

  5. Andy Steinfeld:

    The kid was top-notch and everybody loved him, i know the kids that played with him on the high school team and the team that I coached are devastated, and they are trying to find some answers on why something like this happens to a young kid. It's tragic.

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  • oscar, oscaCatalan, Valencian
  • vrub, zářezCzech
  • anschreiben, ankerben, Senke, Einkerbung, Kerbe, Klasse, Bergpass, Pass, Einrückung, einkerben, NiveauGerman
  • tarjar, categoría, muesca, escotadura, ranura, paso, entalladura, entallar, talladura, mellar, nivel, tarjaSpanish
  • sola, kolo, kaivertaa, aste, lovi, loveta, kirjata, saavuttaa, luokka, salvoaFinnish
  • cran, encoche, entailleFrench
  • scórIrish
  • fok, hegyszoros, bevágás, fokozat, szurdok, rovás, rovátka, jelölésHungarian
  • քարթ, խազArmenian
  • incavo, tacca, golaItalian
  • ノッチJapanese
  • whakakānewha, tōkari, kakari, whakakarikari, kāniwhaMāori
  • inkerving, trede, boeken, behalen, keep, bergengte, bergpas, inkepen, kepen, bereiken, inlaten, kerf, graad, kervenDutch
  • nível, passo, chanfrar, desfiladeiro, entalhar, indentação, entalho, garganta, chanfroPortuguese
  • пропил, паз, вы́емка, вы́рез, сте́пень, засе́чка, перева́л, у́ровень, ме́тка, вмя́тина, абза́ц, зару́бка, о́тступRussian

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