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an angular or V -shaped cut, indentation, or slit in an object, surface, or edge.
a cut or nick made in a stick or other object for record, as in keeping a tally.
New England and Upstate New York. a deep, narrow opening or pass between mountains; gap; defile.
Informal. a step, degree, or grade: This camera is a notch better than the other.
Metallurgy. a taphole in a blast furnace: iron notch; cinder notch.
verb (used with object)
to cut or make a notch in.
to record by notches: He notched each kill on the stick.
to score, as in a game: He notched another win.
notch up/down, to move up or down or increase or decrease by notches or degrees: The temperature has notched up another degree.

1570–80; a notch (by false division) for an *otch < Old French oche notch

notchy, adjective
unnotched, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
notch (nɒtʃ)
1.  a V-shaped cut or indentation; nick
2.  a cut or nick made in a tally stick or similar object
3.  (US), (Canadian) a narrow pass or gorge
4.  informal a step or level (esp in the phrase a notch above)
5.  to cut or make a notch in
6.  to record with or as if with a notch
7.  informal (usually foll by up) to score or achieve: the team notched up its fourth win
[C16: from incorrect division of an otch (as a notch), from Old French oche notch, from Latin obsecāre to cut off, from secāre to cut]

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Word Origin & History

1577, probably a misdivision of an otch, from M.Fr. oche "notch," from O.Fr. ochier "to notch," of unknown origin. Not connected with nock (q.v.). The verb is from 1597.
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Medical Dictionary

notch (nŏch)

  1. An indentation at the edge of a structure; an incisure.

  2. An upstroke or peak on a pulse tracing.

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