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notch

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noun \ˈnäch\

Simple Definition of notch

  • : a small cut that is shaped like a V and that is made on an edge or a surface

  • : a narrow passage between mountains

  • : a slightly higher or lower level in a series of levels that measure something

Full Definition of notch

  1. 1 a :  a V-shaped indentation b :  a slit made to serve as a record c :  a rounded indentation cut into the pages of a book on the edge opposite the spine

  2. 2 :  a deep close pass :  gap

  3. 3 :  degree, step

notched play \ˈnächt\ adjective

Examples of notch

  1. Cut small notches at the corners of the fabric.

  2. The tool has a notch for prying out nails.

  3. The town is on the other side of the notch.

  4. They turned the volume up several notches.



Origin of notch

perhaps alteration (from misdivision of an otch) of *otch, from Middle French oche


First Known Use: 1577

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notch

verb

Simple Definition of notch

  • : to make a small cut in (something, such as wood) : to make a notch in (something)

  • : to achieve or get (something)

Full Definition of notch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut or make a notch in

  3. 2 a :  to mark or record by a notch b :  score, achieve —sometimes used with up

Examples of notch

  1. Notch the ends so that they fit together.

  2. He notched his fifth victory this year.



1600

First Known Use of notch

1600


NOTCH Defined for Kids

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notch

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noun \ˈnäch\

Definition of notch

  1. 1 :  a cut in the shape of a V in an edge or surface

  2. 2 :  a narrow pass between mountains

  3. 3 :  degree 1, step <Turn the radio up a notch.>




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notch

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verb

Definition of notch

notchednotch·ing

  1. :  to make V-shaped cuts in




Medical Dictionary

notch

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noun \ˈnäch\

Medical Definition of notch

  1. :  a V-shaped indentation (as on a bone)—see acetabular notch, sciatic notch, vertebral notch

  2. notched \ˈnächt\play adjective





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