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
3 : degree, step

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

Synonyms for notch

Synonyms: Noun

chip, hack, indent, indentation, indenture, kerf, nick

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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 internal spaces of the Reach have no clear geometry, but lots of appealing oddities, gentle angles, curious notches and walls that arc up gently from the ground. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Does the Kennedy Center have a vision for its elegant but awkward new annex?," 30 Aug. 2019 The Spa at The Broadmoor Everything that The Broadmoor does is top-notch, and the spa is no exception. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 There's a tiny teardrop notch at the top of the phone, a medium-sized bottom bezel, and rounded display corners. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s Mi A3 brings stock Android, OLED display for €249," 17 July 2019 Stewart's ability to get into the second and third level as a blocker, while still maintaining balance and power, is top-notch, and probably the best part of his game, to be frank. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: OL Jack Stewart could be another New England find," 12 July 2019 Just another notch under my belt, and how things go in this game: You’re almost at the wire, and then something changes. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Catching up with Chantal Sutherland," 17 June 2019 Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Design The launch of Apple’s iPhone X brought face recognition, animoji, and the notch into the mainstream. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Trump Delays Tariffs on Smartphones and Laptops," 13 Aug. 2019 Google has done away with the Pixel 3 XL’s ugly notch in favor of a less-unsightly strip above the screen containing its new motion-sensing radar called Soli. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google just revealed that you won’t have to touch the Pixel 4 to use or unlock it," 29 July 2019 The Franconia Notch Recreation Path and the Pemi Trail crisscross through the campground, so hikers have easy access to moderate hiking routes, and the more ambitious can tackle portions of the Appalachian Trail — which also runs through the notch. Washington Post, "The country’s eight most beautiful campgrounds," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Haley Greenwade continued her hot start to the season with two goals, while Kara Maurantonio scored her first goal of the year and Grace Anderson notched her first assist. Carroll County Times Staff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Varsity Roundup (Sept. 16): Century girls soccer stays unbeaten with shutout over Mt. Hebron," 17 Sep. 2019 Fatigue wasn’t entirely evident in Nani’s performance on the field — the captain notched assists in his first two games of the season, then scored five goals during a run of four games in April. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Nani praises growth of Orlando City as the captain flourishes in final stretch of season," 17 Sep. 2019 Even after a September pullback, the dollar is the best performing G-10 currency this quarter, and the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index remains close to levels notched two years ago. Fortune, "Drone Strikes Are Escalating a Geopolitical Crisis—Which Could Help the Dollar," 16 Sep. 2019 But the Panthers didn't pack it in, instead notching three third-quarter touchdowns to stay within two scores. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Barbers Hill beats Kingwood Park in final non-district game," 14 Sep. 2019 Weaver, who remains on a quest to return by the end of the Diamondbacks' season, allowed just one hit and notched a strikeout while walking none. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Luke Weaver cruises in minor-league playoff game, still hoping for return," 14 Sep. 2019 After surging into double digits in multiple polls in March, he’s seen his numbers dwindle to the low single digits, notching just 3 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. NBC News, "Buttigieg and O'Rourke fight to reinvigorate their presidential campaigns," 12 Sep. 2019 Tabor 5, Portsmouth Abbey 0 — Freshman Kayla McGaffigan, a Globe All-Scholastic as a freshman at Dennis-Yarmouth last fall, notched a hat trick in her first varsity game for the Seawolves. BostonGlobe.com, "“We have a bunch of kids who can play different positions,” Floeck said. “We’re not one-dimensional, we have a bunch of players who can step up.”," 12 Sep. 2019 Glades Central struggled in the running game and could not get anything going in the pass game, notching only 15 yards of total offense in the first half. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Tre’Von Taylor’s four touchdowns lead Palm Beach Lakes to rout of Glades Central," 10 Sep. 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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notch

noun

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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