notch

[noch]
noun
1.
an angular or V -shaped cut, indentation, or slit in an object, surface, or edge.
2.
a cut or nick made in a stick or other object for record, as in keeping a tally.
3.
New England and Upstate New York. a deep, narrow opening or pass between mountains; gap; defile.
4.
Informal. a step, degree, or grade: This camera is a notch better than the other.
5.
Metallurgy. a taphole in a blast furnace: iron notch; cinder notch.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cut or make a notch in.
7.
to record by notches: He notched each kill on the stick.
8.
to score, as in a game: He notched another win.
Idioms
9.
notch up/down, to move up or down or increase or decrease by notches or degrees: The temperature has notched up another degree.

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

notchy, adjective
unnotched, adjective
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notch (nɒtʃ)
 
n
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)
 
vb
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

notch
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)
n.

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

  2. An upstroke or peak on a pulse tracing.

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Example sentences
They alight, grow, and flower on branches or in the notches of fallen trees.
Dogs are unhitched and tied to notches cut in the ice.
Add notches to the cylinder so that it can roll one way but not the other and
  randomly shake the thing back and forth.
Some programs rise up to the top, some stay there, and some drop down a few
  notches to make room.
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