Definition of notch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    notch

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    noun
    BrE BrE//nɒtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɑːtʃ//
     
     
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  1. 1a level on a scale, often marking quality or achievement The quality of the food here has dropped a notch recently. My spirits lifted a few notches when I heard the news. see also top-notch
  2. 2a V-shape or a circle cut in an edge or a surface, sometimes used to keep a record of something For each day he spent on the island, he cut a new notch in his stick. She tightened her belt an extra notch.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: probably from Anglo-Norman French noche, variant of Old French osche, of unknown origin.Extra examples It’s too low—move it up another notch. The handle fits into a notch on the side of the box. They’ve dropped their prices a notch or two.
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