1. A V-shaped cut.
  2. Such a cut, used for keeping a record
    ''The notches in that tribe's warrior axe handles stand for killed enemies.
  3. An indentation.
  4. A mountain pass; a defile
  5. A level or degree.
    ''This car is a notch better than the other.


  1. To cut a notch in (something).
  2. 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. To join by means of notches.
  4. To achieve (something).
    The team notched a pair of shutout wins on Sunday.

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