notch

1 of 2

noun

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
: a deep close pass : gap
3
notched adjective

notch

2 of 2

verb

notched; notching; notches

transitive verb

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

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The coincidences humbled me; suddenly, the clamp clenching my atrium loosened a notch. Jessica Amento, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The Wildness edition just kicks it up a notch with all new equipment. Tony Leopardo, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 Those medals will also have notches on the edges: one for gold, two for silver, and three for bronze. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Peeking through underneath was a black lace bralette that took her look up a notch. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 The cable is designed with notches on the USB-C end that fit snugly into the front USB port on the mouse, meant to help limit strain on the contacts. PCMAG, 7 Feb. 2024 Shape cake into bunny: At the front of the cake, make a notch to form the bunny's head. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 7 Feb. 2024 With winds somewhat calmer than yesterday, highs that are down a notch don’t feel too chilly. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2024 Former recipes editor Ann Maloney suggests kicking it up a notch with your favorite hot sauce and even using the dip to top your next baked potato. Matt Brooks, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
The group notched four No. 1s on the Hot 100 and two on the Billboard 200, beginning in 1999. Jim Asker, Billboard, 20 Feb. 2024 The 2021 Masters winner from the island of Shikoku in Japan notched his ninth PGA Tour victory and first since the Sony Open in Hawaii two years ago by posting the lowest final round score ever at Riviera. Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 Barbie notched five nominations overall, including best actor in a supporting role for Ryan Gosling and best original screenplay for Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 Gabriel has recorded three clean-sheets in his last five games and has also notched three goals in the same period; not bad for a centre-back. Joseph O'Sullivan, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Tuesday’s selloff comes after the Dow on Monday notched a record-high close. Krystal Hur, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Justyn Ross Ross has played in 10 games this NFL season and has notched six receptions on a 11 targets for 53 yards. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 Her primary adversary of late, Nicki Minaj, has little to prove, with her career already solidified, especially after notching another No. 1 album with Pink Friday 2 last fall. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 7 Feb. 2024 Miller notched a career-high in points, yes — fueling a third-quarter run that shrunk the Hornets’ deficit from 24 points to 12 — and also poured in six rebounds and 10 of the team’s 18 free throw conversions. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of notch was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Notch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notch. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

notch

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

notch

2 of 2 verb
1
: to cut or make a notch in
2
a
: to mark or record by a notch

Medical Definition

notch

noun
: a V-shaped indentation (as on a bone)
notched adjective

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