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notch (plural notches)

  1. A V-shaped cut.
    1. Such a cut, used for keeping a record.
      The notches in that tribe's warrior axe handles stand for killed enemies.
    2. (slang) woman.
  2. An indentation.
  3. A mountain pass; a defile.
  4. (informal) A level or degree.
    This car is a notch better than the other.
    Can you speak a notch louder, please?
    • 2014, Daniel Taylor, "World Cup 2014: Uruguay sink England as Suárez makes his mark ↗,", 20 June:
      a better team might also have done more to expose Uruguay’s occasionally brittle defence, but England’s speed of thought and movement in their attacking positions was a good notch or two down from the Italy game.
  5. (electronics) A portion of a mobile phone that overlaps the edge of the screen, used to house camera, sensors etc. while maximizing screen space.
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notch (notches, present participle notching; past and past participle notched)

  1. (transitive) To cut a notch in (something).
  2. (transitive) To record (a score or similar) by making notches on something.
    The tribe's hunters notch their kills by notches on each's axe's handle.
  3. (transitive) To join by means of notches.
  4. (transitive) To achieve (something).
    The team notched a pair of shutout wins on Sunday.
  5. (transitive) To fit (an arrow) to a bow by means of the notch cut at the end of the arrow; to nock.
    • 1885, John Niles Hubbard, An Account of Sa-go-ye-wat-ha, Or Red Jacket, and His People, 1750-1830, page 31:
      Notching an arrow on the string of his tried and unerring bow, he raised his sinewy arms […]
    • 1913, Massachusetts Reformatory (Concord, Mass.), Our Paper, page 530:
      As Uncle Bunse threw his armful of stuff into the canoe, half a dozen other Indians crept forward, notching their arrows to shoot.
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