• WordNet 3.6
    • v notch notch a surface to record something
    • v notch cut or make a notch into "notch the rope"
    • n notch a small cut
    • n notch a V-shaped or U-shaped indentation carved or scratched into a surface "there were four notches in the handle of his revolver"
    • n notch the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks "we got through the pass before it started to snow"
    • n notch a V-shaped indentation "mandibular notch"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leaves of the Sumatra breadfruit tree are notched when they first form, yet have no indentations when the leaves mature.
    • Notch A hollow cut in anything; a nick; an indentation. "And on the stick ten equal notches makes."
    • Notch A narrow passage between two elevations; a deep, close pass; a defile; as, the notch of a mountain.
    • Notch To cut or make notches in; to indent; also, to score by notches; as, to notch a stick.
    • Notch To fit the notch of (an arrow) to the string. "God is all sufferance; here he doth show
      No arrow notched , only a stringless bow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.
    • n notch A nick or indentation; a small hollow or nick cut or sunk in anything, as in the end of an arrow for the reception of the bowstring.
    • n notch In carpentry, a hollow cut in the face of a piece of timber for the reception of another piece.
    • n notch A narrow defile or passage between mountains; or, more properly, the entrance to such a defile, when it is nearly closed by precipices or walls of rock on either hand. The word is apparently limited in use to the region of the White Mountains in New Hampshire and of the Adirondacks, and has nearly the same meaning as gap in the central parts of the Appalachian range.
    • n notch A step or degree; a grade.
    • n notch A point in the game of cricket.
    • n notch In zoology and anatomy, an incision or incisure; an emargination: as, the interclavicular notch, the depression over the breast-bone between the prominent ends of the clavicles.
    • n notch In armor, the bouche of a shield.
    • n notch The large notch of the maxilla that forms the lateral and lower boundary of the entrance to the nasal cavity.
    • notch To cut a notch or notches in; indent; nick; hack; as, to notch a stick.
    • notch To place in a notch; fit to a string by the notch, as an arrow.
    • notch In cricket, to mark or score; have as score the number of.
    • n notch The posterior or lower angle, formed by the meeting of the pubic bones. Same as pubic arch.
    • n notch Same as undercut, 2.
    • notch To make an undercut in (a tree) preparatory to felling (it). Also undercut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Notch noch a nick cut in anything: an indentation, incision, incisure: a narrow pass in a rock, or between two mountains
    • v.t Notch to cut a hollow into
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Notch on your belt - A success or achievement that might help you in the future is a notch on your belt.
Take it up a notch - If you take it up a notch, you increase the effort or intensity exerted in a situation
Top notch - If something is top notch, it's excellent, of the highest quality or standard.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to nock,; cf. OD. nock, OSw. nocka,. Cf. Nick a notch


In literature:

Sometimes the notch is very slight.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Now push to the right one notch the pointer which reduces the size of the hole.
"If You Don't Write Fiction" by Charles Phelps Cushing
If the sticks vary in size, the larger ones should be notched down on the transom so as to bring the tops in the same plane.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
They mounted and rode toward the notch in the hills that had been pointed out to the ranger.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
The breeze came pouring over the prairie from the far southwest where the purple notches stood sentinel.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
The sapling, jarred out of the notch, springing upward!
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
In the bush, I was to keep my eye on the notches in the trees, and follow them.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Notch about four or five back logs with the plain, rounded notch already described and illustrated by Fig.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
Ward's literary efforts, along about that time, consisted of cutting notches in the window-sill beside his bunk.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
When breakfast was over, Mrs McQueen brought a stick with notches cut in it and gave it to Mr McQueen.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins

In poetry:

He carved a flute of elder green,
And notched it well and true,
Then pursed his lips and puffed his cheeks
And merrily he blew.
"Pan In The Orchard" by Maurice Thompson
We need not waste our school-boy art
To gild this notch of Time;--
Forgive me if my wayward heart
Has throbbed in artless rhyme.
"At A Birthday Festival" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Year by year, like milestones placed,
Mark the record Friendship traced.
Prisoned in the walls of time
Life has notched itself in rhyme.
"Programme" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Not man nor demigod could put together
The scraps of rusted reverie, the wheels
Of notched tin platitudes concerning weather,
Perfume, politics, and fixed ideals.
"Sonnet : To Eva" by Sylvia Plath
Of an old tree, whose notched and scanty leaves
Repeat the tale of woe,
And quiver day and night,
Till the snow cometh, and a cold shroud weaves,
Whiter than that below.
"The House Of Youth" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Genius, that wind-worn reed, unsightly, rude,
Notched by some strong, untutored artisan;
That golden lyre, that lute of jeweled wood,
That syrinx blown by furry lips of Pan!
"To A Realist" by Maurice Thompson

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Top notch from top down.
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To make installing the C-notch easier, a scraper and paint thinner was used to remove the thick, factory undercoat from that area of the frame.
Model and reality television host Heidi Klum is adding another notch to her resume -- this time designing baby wear and accessories for the Babies R Us chain.
It's one of the hottest spots on the Central Coast for a good seafood dinner, but Tuesday, it's stepping it up a notch or two to save lives as well.

In science:

Then ι(β ) is obtained by tagging α plain at a and notched at b.
Positivity for cluster algebras from surfaces
So given a tagged triangulation T , let us perform such changes at every puncture where all ends of T are notched.
Positivity for cluster algebras from surfaces
Given a surface (S, M ) with a puncture p and a tagged arc γ , we let both γ (p) and γ p denote the arc obtained from γ by changing its notching at p. (So if γ is not incident to p, γ (p) = γ .) If p and q are two punctures, we let γ (pq) denote the arc obtained from γ by changing its notching at both p and q .
Positivity for cluster algebras from surfaces
If γ has an endpoint at a puncture, then Lγ spirals into a: counterclockwise if γ is tagged plain at a, and clockwise if it is notched.
Positivity for cluster algebras from surfaces
We present three slightly different formulas, based on whether the cluster variable corresponds to a tagged arc with 0, 1, or 2 notched ends.
Positivity for cluster algebras from surfaces