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a. A V-shaped cut.
b. Such a cut used for keeping a record.
2. A narrow pass between mountains.
3. Informal A level or degree: a notch or two higher in quality.
tr.v. notched, notch·ing, notch·es
1. To cut a notch in.
2. To record by or as if by making notches: notched the score on a stick.
3. Informal To achieve; score: notched 30 wins in a single season.

[Probably from a notch, alteration of an otch, from French oche, from Old French, from ochier, to notch.]
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having a notch or notches in it
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.notched - notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apexnotched - notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex
rough - of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
2.notched - having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawednotched - having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawed
rough - of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
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References in classic literature ?
It is a notched stick of a peculiar form, some two feet in length, which is perpendicularly inserted into the starboard gunwale near the bow, for the purpose of furnishing a rest for the wooden extremity of the harpoon, whose other naked, barbed end slopingly projects from the prow.
The chest he hid in the underbrush close by his boat, and with the girl ascended the notched log that led to the verandah of the structure, which, stretching away for three hundred yards upon its tall piles, resembled a huge centipede.
At the top of the notched log he was met by Ninaka, who, with horror-wide eyes, looked down upon the fearsome monstrosities that lumbered awkwardly up the rude ladder in the wake of the agile Dyaks and the young white giant.
This is done by means of a piece of mother-of-pearl shell, lashed firmly to the extreme end of a heavy stick, with its straight side accurately notched like a saw.
He hoped the farmer could charm it away as easily as he could Tom's wart, and was ready with equal faith to put another notched stick into his other pocket, for the cure of his own ailments.
He notched the stick at each end and in the notches fastened strings of raw-hide.
I had notched a three and two singles, when he sent me down a medium to fast which got me in two minds and I played back to it too late.
In short, when Dumkins was caught out, and Podder stumped out, All-Muggleton had notched some fifty-four, while the score of the Dingley Dellers was as blank as their faces.
Every shaft was a just ell long, set with peacock's feathers, and notched with silver.
In this paper, a compact UWB antenna with triple notched bands is proposed.
Despite the good number band notched antennas, only few antennas are reported with the single notched band for WiMAX such as, in [21], a fan shaped antenna with band notched characteristics was proposed for UWB.