Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “notch”

See all translations

notch

noun [C] uk   /nɒtʃ/ us    /nɑːtʃ/

notch noun [C] (CUT)

a V-shaped cut in a hard surface: The stick has two notches, one at each end.

notch noun [C] (HOLE/MARK)

specialized medical a hole or mark on the edge of a body part: a cardiac notch

notch noun [C] (POSITION)

an imaginary point or position in a system of comparing values, where a higher position is better and a lower position is worse: Among current players, she is rated a notch above (= is better than) the rest.

notch

verb [T] uk   /nɒtʃ/ us    /nɑːtʃ/
to cut a notch in something
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of notch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of notch?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “notch” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More