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notch

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noun \ˈnäch\

Definition of notch

  1. 1a :  a V-shaped indentationb :  a slit made to serve as a recordc :  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

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Examples of notch in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of notch from the Web

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Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of notch

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

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notch

verb

Definition of notch

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

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

Examples of notch in a Sentence

  1. Notch the ends so that they fit together.

  2. He notched his fifth victory this year.

Recent Examples of notch from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'notch.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of notch

1581


NOTCH Defined for English Language Learners

notch

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noun

Definition of notch for English Language Learners

  • : 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

notch

verb

Definition of notch for English Language Learners

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

  • : to achieve or get (something)


NOTCH Defined for Kids

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notch

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noun \ˈnäch\

Definition of notch for Students

  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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Definition of notch for Students

notched

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notching

  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)

notched

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