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.
(of a motor vehicle gear mechanism) requiring careful gear-changing, as if having to fit the lever into narrow notches
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
- NOT circuit
[not] /nɒt/ noun 1. Computers. a circuit that is energized when its input is not. /nɒt/ noun 1. (computing) a logic circuit that has a high-voltage output signal if the input signal is low, and vice versa: used extensively in computers Also called inverter, negator
- Not count for spit
verb phrase To be very insignificant; be trivial: An aptitude for speaking amusingly doesn’t count for spit [1980s+; spit is a euphemism for shit; count, ”to be of importance,” is found by 1857]
- Not cricket
adverb phrase Improper; dubious; unethical; unfair: Something not quite cricket happened [1900+ British; fr inadmissible actions in the game of cricket] Unfair, unsportsmanlike, as in It’s not cricket to let him go without notice. This term, in which the sport of cricket is equated with upright behavior, survives in America despite the relative unfamiliarity of […]
- Not done
Socially unacceptable, improper, as in Bringing along two friends without asking, that’s not done. [ First half of 1900s ]