What does notch mean?

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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.


  1. notch

    A notch is a V-shaped cut or indentation in an edge or a surface. It can also refer to a degree or step in a scale or a series, often indicating a level of achievement or status.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NOTCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Notch is ranked #47429 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Notch surname appeared 447 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Notch.

    96.6% or 432 total occurrences were White.
    1.3% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.1% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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. Darin Bevard:

    A Stimpmeter is what we use to measure green speed, it’s pretty simple, it has a notch in it, you put the golf ball in the notch, and when it’s on the ground you raise it up and when it gets to a certain height, the golf ball releases.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    I'm proud that George and [Jeb, Jr.] are actively involved in the campaign, and my advice is have fun, do it with joy in your heart. Don't get too wonky, use the kind of humor that he's got to take me down a notch or two.

  3. Maxim Behar:

    It requires an understanding that there is no difference between PR and social media anymore. From the point of view of a top-notch PR expert, they have become one and the same thing.

  4. Brenda Kirwan:

    The funding in this area needs to really go up a notch, a huge notch.

  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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  • درجةArabic
  • oscar, oscaCatalan, Valencian
  • vrub, zářezCzech
  • Bergpass, ankerben, Senke, Einkerbung, Kerbe, Klasse, Pass, Einrückung, einkerben, anschreiben, NiveauGerman
  • ranura, tarja, nivel, talladura, paso, entallar, entalladura, categoría, muesca, escotadura, tarjar, mellarSpanish
  • loveta, aste, lovi, sola, kirjata, saavuttaa, luokka, kaivertaa, salvoa, koloFinnish
  • encoche, cran, entailleFrench
  • scórIrish
  • fok, hegyszoros, bevágás, fokozat, szurdok, rovás, rovátka, jelölésHungarian
  • քարթ, խազArmenian
  • incavo, tacca, golaItalian
  • ノッチJapanese
  • tōkari, kakari, whakakarikari, kāniwha, whakakānewhaMāori
  • bergpas, trede, boeken, behalen, inkepen, graad, kerven, kerf, kepen, inkerving, bereiken, bergengte, keep, inlatenDutch
  • entalhar, garganta, passo, indentação, chanfro, entalho, desfiladeiro, chanfrar, nívelPortuguese
  • зару́бка, вмя́тина, у́ровень, сте́пень, перева́л, засе́чка, абза́ц, вы́рез, о́тступ, ме́тка, вы́емка, паз, пропилRussian

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