Meaning of NOTCH in English


I. notch 1 /nɒtʃ $ nɑːtʃ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: Probably from an otch , mistaken for a notch ; from early French oche 'V-shaped cut' ]

1 . a level on a scale that measures something, for example quality or achievement:

Her new book is several notches above anything else she has written.

Jackson raised his voice by a notch.

The Spartans turned it up a notch in the second half.

2 . a V-shaped cut or hole in a surface or edge:

Cut a notch near one end of the stick.

3 . American English a passage between two mountains or hills

⇨ ↑ top-notch

II. notch 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to cut a V-shaped mark into something, especially as a way of showing the number of times something has been done

2 . American English to notch something up

notch something ↔ up phrasal verb

to achieve something, especially a victory or a particular total or score:

The Houston Astros have notched up another win.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.