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 notched (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 The Mazda's high power, low mass, and low drag made for a 0-to-60 time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 157 mph (runner-up in both by just one notch). Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 Moody’s cut the sovereign rating by one notch to Baa1 from A3. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Moody’s Downgrades Mexico and State Oil Firm Pemex," 17 Apr. 2020 In the weeks after the baby, a boy, was born, Kamel’s anxiety ticked up another couple of notches. Robert P. Baird, The New Yorker, "How Doctors on the Front Lines Are Confronting the Uncertainties of COVID-19," 5 Apr. 2020 Republicans stepped it up a notch and essentially accused Democrats of killing their fellow citizens. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "A Unanimous Senate Vote That Nobody Seemed to Agree On," 28 Mar. 2020 Stouts are also top-notch and fans line up early to procure limited-release bottles such as Immaculate Confection, an indulgent, full-bodied sipper loaded with hazelnuts and real-deal vanilla. David Klein, Los Angeles Times, "Beer excursions: Make a weekend trip out of these breweries beyond L.A. County," 9 Jan. 2020 Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, raising the hype level one more notch. Joe Mussato, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Kentucky player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is 'gonna be a superstar' with the Thunder," 20 Nov. 2019 On October 7th security concerns prompted Fitch Ratings to downgrade Aramco’s credit by a notch. The Economist, "Energetic listing Saudi Aramco is raring to go public," 10 Oct. 2019 The lack of a notch was one of the truly unique aspects of the OnePlus 7 Pro. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 7T Review: Not very new, but still one of the best phones you can buy," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Highland Park soccer: Powered by Presley Echols, who notched 44 goals and 26 assists, the Scots went 19-2 and were well positioned for a postseason run when the coronavirus led to suspension of the season. Usa Today High School Sports, USA TODAY, "Premier award finalists revealed for USA TODAY High School Sports Awards in Dallas," 14 May 2020 Phelia, who notched double figures for the 13th consecutive game, had a chase-down block sandwiched between back-to-back fourth-quarter buckets to give the Cougars their first double-digit lead of the afternoon at 53-43. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Girls postseason basketball: Mount Notre Dame rallies past Loveland for district title," 29 Feb. 2020 Household goods makers, utilities, real estate companies and communication services stocks notched gains. Washington Post, "Asian stocks edge mostly lower after China virus cases spike," 14 Feb. 2020 Tuesday evening saw a rowdy, packed stadium cheering on fan favorites like the golden retriever, who notched a surprise win. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Siba the Standard Poodle Wins the 2020 Westminster Dog Show With a Regal Attitude," 12 Feb. 2020 Health care, industrial, and financial stocks also notched solid gains. BostonGlobe.com, "Tech stocks lead indexes broadly higher; Nasdaq sets record," 4 Feb. 2020 King, of Denali Park, is among 10 Kusko drivers who notched top-15 finishes in last year’s Iditarod. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Stellar field will race for $160,000 purse in Bethel’s Kuskokwim 300," 17 Jan. 2020 On that play, McElroy was a millisecond away from being sacked for a safety by Male cornerback Nick Coates, who notched a sack earlier in the game, but instead calmly found Miller. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "It's mission accomplished for focused Trinity: 'Nothing like winning a state championship'," 8 Dec. 2019 But none of it has been enough to slow down the Red Wolves, who, with victories in the regular-season finale and bowl game, can notch nine wins for the first time since 2015, Anderson's second season in Jonesboro. Trenton Daeschner, Arkansas Online, "ASU not currently in decline," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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30 May 2020

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“Notch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notch. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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 notched (audio) \ adjective

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