an angular or V -shaped cut, indentation, or slit in an object, surface, or edge.
a cut or nick made in a stick or other object for record, as in keeping a tally.
New England and Upstate New York. a deep, narrow opening or pass between mountains; gap; defile.
Informal. a step, degree, or grade:
This camera is a notch better than the other.
Metallurgy. a taphole in a blast furnace:
iron notch; cinder notch.
verb (used with object)
to cut or make a notch in.
to record by notches:
He notched each kill on the stick.
to score, as in a game:
He notched another win.
notch up / down, to move up or down or increase or decrease by notches or degrees:
The temperature has notched up another degree.
a V-shaped cut or indentation; nick
a cut or nick made in a tally stick or similar object
(US & Canadian) a narrow pass or gorge
(informal) a step or level (esp in the phrase a notch above)
to cut or make a notch in
to record with or as if with a notch
(usually foll by up) (informal) to score or achieve: the team notched up its fourth win
1570s, probably a misdivision of an otch (see N for other examples), from Middle French oche “notch,” from Old French ochier “to notch,” of unknown origin. Said to be unconnected to nock.
1590s, from notch (n.). Earlier verb (before misdivision) was Middle English ochen “to cut, slash” (c.1400). Related: Notched; notching.
[first sense fr use of the term in cricket, and influenced by the cowboy tradition of filing a notch in the handle of one’s pistol for each man killed]
see: take down a notch
noun 1. a collar forming a notch with the lapels of a garment at the seam where collar and lapels join.
- Notch effect
noun 1. (metallurgy, building trades) the increase in stress in an area of a component near a crack, depression, etc, or a change in section, such as a sharp angle: can be enough to cause failure of the component although the calculated average stress may be quite safe
noun A brothel [1931+; fr earlier notch]
[noch] /nɒtʃ/ noun 1. an angular or V -shaped cut, indentation, or slit in an object, surface, or edge. 2. a cut or nick made in a stick or other object for record, as in keeping a tally. 3. New England and Upstate New York. a deep, narrow opening or pass between mountains; gap; defile. […]