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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Notching (Engin) A method of excavating, as in a bank, by a series of cuttings side by side. See also Gulleting.
    • Notching (Carp) A method of joining timbers, scantling, etc., by notching them, as at the ends, and overlapping or interlocking the notched portions.
    • Notching The act of making notches; the act of cutting into small hollows.
    • Notching The small hollow, or hollows, cut; a notch or notches.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Leaves of the Sumatra breadfruit tree are notched when they first form, yet have no indentations when the leaves mature.
    • n notching A notch or series of notches.
    • n notching In engineering, same as gulleting.
    • n notching In carpentry, a simple method of joining timbers in a frame, either by dovetails or by square joints or lap-joints. Calking, halving, and scarfing are forms of it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.
    • n Notching a method of joining framing-timbers, by halving, scarfing, or caulking
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Notch on your belt - A success or achievement that might help you in the future is a notch on your belt.
Take it up a notch - If you take it up a notch, you increase the effort or intensity exerted in a situation
Top notch - If something is top notch, it's excellent, of the highest quality or standard.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Teut. root, as in Old Dut. nock. Cf. Nick, a notch.


In literature:

He had trimmed one end small and cut notches in the sides about one foot from the flat end.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
And the man was a triple-notch murderer.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
It was on the north side of the notch.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
I'll try and hold her nose in the notch from now on.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Median notch: in Coccidae, a notch in the edge of the pygidium, at the posterior extremity of the body.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
At length by cutting round and round, he made a notch of sufficient depth to enable him to break off the stem.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
I saw two small notches freshly cut in the wood.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
There were the parapets of fortified houses, with their regular notches and embrasures.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He left two thousand on thirteen, raked in the rest, and twisted the dial on his gadget over a notch.
"...Or Your Money Back" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Ascend he does; laying hold of one of the notched corner posts, and climbing the primitive ladder, as it were, set ready and awaiting him.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
Pahos, in the form of flat slats with a notched extension at one end were common, but generally were poorly preserved.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
They went down to Grizzly Notch, where the still loaded canoe had been left overnight.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
Shall we cut its ribs and notches on the edge, or only its general outline?
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
For one, cut one notch in the edge, and so up to four, four notches for four.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The rim is ornamented with a series of notches, and two small loops connect the rim with the head and tail of the creature.
"Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley" by William H. Holmes
Had he not cut a notch upon his gun-stock for every fighting man of the race of Xosa whom he had slain?
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
And for grades and level stretches and bridges he notches the throttle up or down as the need is.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
Bromley led the way through the stone-yard activities and around the quarry hill to the path notched in the steep slope of the canyon side.
"The King of Arcadia" by Francis Lynde
Preorbital notch distinct, and mesethmoid cartilage slightly ossified.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
Each had a notch or shoulder on the inner side for supporting the roof.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer

In poetry:

He carved a flute of elder green,
And notched it well and true,
Then pursed his lips and puffed his cheeks
And merrily he blew.
"Pan In The Orchard" by Maurice Thompson
Of an old tree, whose notched and scanty leaves
Repeat the tale of woe,
And quiver day and night,
Till the snow cometh, and a cold shroud weaves,
Whiter than that below.
"The House Of Youth" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Thou dread, uncanny thing,
With fuzzy breast and leathern wing,
In mad, zigzagging flight,
Notching the dusk, and buffeting
The black cheeks of the night,
With grim delight!
"The Bat" by James Whitcomb Riley
Genius, that wind-worn reed, unsightly, rude,
Notched by some strong, untutored artisan;
That golden lyre, that lute of jeweled wood,
That syrinx blown by furry lips of Pan!
"To A Realist" by Maurice Thompson
He punched out the peth, an' nen he put
A plug in the end with a hole notched through;
Nen took the old drawey-knife an' cut
An' maked a handle 'at shoved clean shut
But ist where yer hand held to.
"The Squirtgun Uncle Maked Me" by James Whitcomb Riley
And I like to slice 'em up in big pieces fer 'em all,
Espeshally the childern, and watch theyr high delight
As one by one the rines with theyr pink notches falls,
And they holler fer some more, with unquenched
"Wortermelon Time" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Section 7.5.1: Added statement regarding the general recommended use of notch -to- notch specialized shear gages.
Braves eliminated from soccer regionals, but not before notching first victory.
Wissahickon evens the score with Springfield, notching a 3-1 win.
51 pm Talk about cool, I purchased some 2x5-inch steel tubing and after Aaron dialed in the specs, the CNC plasma cutter precisely cut out the C- notch .
Notched vs Un- notched .
Unified High-Speed Wire-Line Based Home Networking Transceivers – Foundation that addresses notch depth.
That report recommends for BPL systems a notch depth of 30 dB (pages 29 and 30 of Exhibit A ).
Side notching (offset notching ) is the process of cutting an opening into the side of a tube to create a V notch for bending or a V notch for a T joint.
The tool diameter determines the notch radius.
Tube and pipe can be notched with a variety of tools and machines, from saws to plasma cutters.
Using a hole saw is an inexpensive way to make the occasional notch for a weld joint.
Notre Dame was good enough Saturday to notch its first win of the season, but it was far from perfect.
At the angle is a notch where the second rib attaches.
Gas prices finally notch down.
Trinity, Gaffney and Good Counsel each notched convincing victories, moved up.

In science:

In this phase we make several changes: • We refine each of the n horizontal notches in the horizontal inclusion into m micronotches, where m represents the number of vertical notches.
Packing identical simple polygons is NP-hard
Formerly, the occupied notch represented the horizontal location; now the micronotch group uniquely determines the horizontal coordinate, and the micronotch within the group will uniquely determine the vertical coordinate within the group.
Packing identical simple polygons is NP-hard
The notch that the nail will end up in is uniquely determined by the position of the small polygon.
Packing identical simple polygons is NP-hard
This crossover length depends on the distance x to the initial notch.
Size effects in statistical fracture
The discussion of established results can be divided into two topics, studies of the weakest-link effect and analyses of the size effect for notched specimens.
Size effects in statistical fracture
One can see screening effects next to the notch boundaries (weak damage), and then two clouds of damage next to the notch tips.
Size effects in statistical fracture
This brings us to the important issue of strength fluctuations in the presence of a dominating notch.
Size effects in statistical fracture
For small notches, a0 < ac the distribution naturally is close to the finite-size form for p(σc, a0 = 0, L).
Size effects in statistical fracture
In cases when a dominating crack, or a notch, is present one can rely on energetic arguments that link the crack geometry to the failure stress.
Size effects in statistical fracture
These models allow to study the crossover between notch dominated size-effects and statistically induced ones.
Size effects in statistical fracture
The grating is “overcooked” compared to the optimum notch strengths shown by the green dots.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
The green dots indicate the ideal notch strengths.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
Figure 7.11: A lag-lead compensator introduces a notch in the system gain as well as increased phase at high frequencies.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
A second test device consists of a pair of notch filters (Figure 6 c).
Antenna-coupled TES bolometer arrays for CMB polarimetry
Example of a Laurent expansion for a doubly-notched arc.
Positivity for cluster algebras from surfaces