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NOTCH, noun [G. to crack or flaw. It seems to be the same word in origin as niche, nick.]

1. A hollow cut in any thing; a nick; an indentation.

And on the stick ten equal notches makes.

2. An opening or narrow passge through a mountain or hill. We say, the notch of a mountain.

NOTCH, verb transitive To cut in small hollows; as, to notch a stick.

NOTCH'-WEED, noun A plant called orach.