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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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His freestyle stroke was meticulous and smooth and quick as he notched lap after graceful lap.