A notch is a small cut or nick in something. People make notches to keep track of things.

If you've even seen a little U-shaped or V-shaped cut in something, you've seen a notch. In prison, criminals will make notches on the wall to keep track of how long they've been there. If you're stranded on a desert island, you might make notches on a tree. When you make a notch, you're notching. A notch is also part of a mountain range that is lower than the peaks around it — also called a mountain pass.

Definitions of notch
  1. noun
    a small cut
    synonyms: nick, snick
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    cut, cutting
    the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge
  2. noun
    a V-shaped indentation
    “mandibular notch
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    incisura, incisure
    (anatomy) a notch or small hollow
    mandibular notch
    small indentation in the middle of the lower jawbone
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    indentation, indenture
    a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
  3. noun
    a V-shaped or U-shaped indentation carved or scratched into a surface
    “there were four notches in the handle of his revolver”
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    a single notch in a row of notches
    thumb index
    one of a series of rounded notches in the fore edge of a book to indicate sections
    a notch cut in the trunk of tree in order to determine the direction of its fall
    a serration on a saw blade
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    indentation, indenture
    a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
  4. noun
    the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
    synonyms: mountain pass, pass
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    Brenner Pass
    an Alpine mountain pass connecting Innsbruck in Austria with Bolzano in Italy that has long been a route for trade and for invasions
    Cumberland Gap
    a pass through the Cumberland Mountains between Virginia and Kentucky that early settlers used in order to move west
    Donner Pass
    a mountain pass in northeastern California near Lake Tahoe; site where in 1844 some members of an emigrant party survived by eating those who had died
    Khyber Pass
    a mountain pass of great strategic and commercial value in the Hindu Kush on the border between northern Pakistan and western Afghanistan; a route by which invaders entered India
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    col, gap
    a pass between mountain peaks
    defile, gorge
    a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
    saddle, saddleback
    a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)
    water gap
    a pass in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows
    wind gap
    a pass in a mountain ridge with no stream flowing through it
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    a point or extent in space
  5. verb
    cut or make a notch into
    notch the rope”
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    mark, nock, score
    make small marks into the surface of
    notch the edge of or make jagged
    scratch the surface of
    make a small cut or score into
    score a line on with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
    mark with lines
    make a recess in
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    make an incision into by carving or cutting
  6. verb
    notch a surface to record something
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
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