notch

noun
\ ˈnäch How to pronounce notch (audio) \

Definition of notch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : a deep close pass : gap

notch

verb
notched; notching; notches

Definition of notch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cut or make a notch in
2a : to mark or record by a notch
b : score, achieve sometimes used with up

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Other Words from notch

Noun

notched \ ˈnächt How to pronounce notch (audio) \ adjective

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Noun

Occasionally, you might hear a child ask for a "napple," as in "I would like a napple," mistaking the phrase "an apple" for "a napple." A similar error is believed to be behind notch, which may have resulted from a misdivision of "an otch." (Otch is a noun that is assumed to have existed in earlier English as a borrowing of Middle French oche, meaning "an incision made to keep a record.") Notch would not be alone in developing from such a mistake. The words newt and nickname were formed, respectively, from misdivisions of "an ewte" and "an ekename." Going in the other direction, umpire first appears in Middle English as oumpere, a mistaken rendering of "a noumpere."

Examples of notch in a Sentence

Noun Cut small notches at the corners of the fabric. The tool has a notch for prying out nails. The town is on the other side of the notch. They turned the volume up several notches. Verb Notch the ends so that they fit together. He notched his fifth victory this year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Having a child in school—another notch on our stick—really pushed us to pare down elsewhere. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Worlds collide when three Science reporters—and parents—cover coronavirus and schools," 20 Nov. 2020 This unpredictable and uncertain season has seen Indiana already notch victories against these two longtime bullies, setting the Hoosiers on pace for the program's most successful season since the 1967 team won the Big Ten and reached the Rose Bowl. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football winners and losers from Week 10 include Indiana, Liberty, Arizona State," 7 Nov. 2020 There’s also still a notch at the top that houses the TrueDepth Sensor for Face ID. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The iPhone 12 Pro future-proofs with 5G and impressive photography chops," 20 Oct. 2020 Moody’s on Friday cut its rating by one notch to Aa3, with a stable outlook. Vassilis Karamanis, Bloomberg.com, "Pound Traders Shut Out Brexit Talks Noise Until ‘Real Deadline’," 18 Oct. 2020 The casino is restricted to Class II gambling, one notch below Las Vegas-style gaming. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Kickapoo casino once again beckons gamblers," 1 Oct. 2020 Nissan has seen fit to upgrade the NX2000 footwear one notch from the SE-R: half-inch-wider wheels support 195/55 Bridgestone Potenza RE71 tires. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Nissan NX2000 Reshapes the Sentra SE-R," 24 Sep. 2020 Granby is easily found on a map because of its notch in the northern border with Massachusetts, the result of a 150-year boundary-dispute settlement. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Is your house worth more? These 10 towns saw the biggest home sale price jumps in July as the residential real estate market heated up in greater Hartford," 4 Sep. 2020 But with the two biggest ratings firms now about 50% done with their reviews of these securities, many are emerging with unchanged ratings or tepid downgrades of about one notch. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Expected Surge of CLO Downgrades Slow to Arrive," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That helped the three major indexes notch 100 record closes so far in 2020, with the Dow hitting its 13th all time finishing high of the year on Wednesday. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "U.S. Stock Futures Tick Down in Final Trading Day of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Biden, who has placed a premium on diversity in his selection of Cabinet nominees and key advisers, is looking to notch a few firsts with his economic team selections. Arkansas Online, "Biden to nominate Yellen, highlight diversity on econ team," 30 Nov. 2020 As bad a day as Burrow had, nice to see his Cincinnati predecessor, Andy Dalton (3 TD passes) – coming off a bout with COVID-19 – notch his first win in a Cowboys uniform. 13a. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 11 of the 2020 NFL season," 23 Nov. 2020 Talking about Reaves: The Stars have been peppered with questions about Vegas forward Ryan Reaves, the meaty fourth-line forward who was suspended for Game 1 and returned in Game 2 to play 9:49 and notch six hits. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Rick Bowness talks Stars' slow offensive start in Western Conference Final vs. Vegas," 10 Sep. 2020 Discord expects to notch more than $100 million in revenue this year, three times the previous year’s level, according to a person familiar with the matter. Marc Vartabedian, WSJ, "Chat Service Discord Doubles Valuation to $7 Billion," 17 Dec. 2020 High temperatures should notch a degree or two more than Monday but still generally in the low to mid-40s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Growing shower chances today, with more rain tonight," 4 Dec. 2020 The bigger question is, can Breezy notch a three-peat in 2021? Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best Rap Songs of 2020: Staff Picks," 10 Dec. 2020 Down 10 points in the first half, Edgewater scrapped and clawed to cut the lead to just three at halftime, and then turned up the full-court press in the second half to notch the win. Steve Gorches, orlandosentinel.com, "OCP, Edgewater reach Rotary Tip Off basketball championship game," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of notch

Noun

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for notch

Noun

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

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The first known use of notch was circa 1560

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Notch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notch. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for notch

notch

noun
How to pronounce notch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of notch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small cut that is shaped like a V and that is made on an edge or a surface
US : a narrow passage between mountains
: a slightly higher or lower level in a series of levels that measure something

notch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of notch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a small cut in (something, such as wood) : to make a notch in (something)
informal : to achieve or get (something)

notch

noun
\ ˈnäch How to pronounce notch (audio) \

Kids Definition of notch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a cut in the shape of a V in an edge or surface
2 : a narrow pass between mountains
3 : degree sense 1, step Turn the radio up a notch.

notch

verb
notched; notching

Kids Definition of notch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make V-shaped cuts in

notch

noun
\ ˈnäch How to pronounce notch (audio) \

Medical Definition of notch

: a V-shaped indentation (as on a bone)

Other Words from notch

notched \ ˈnächt How to pronounce notch (audio) \ adjective

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