Arch vs Notch - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between arch and notch
is that arch
)an inverted u shape or arch
can be (obsolete) a chief while notch
is a v-shaped cut.
As verbs the difference between arch and notch
is that arch
is to form into an arch shape while notch
is to cut a notch in (something).
As an adjective arch
) knowing, clever, mischievous.
From (etyl), from (etyl) .
(senseid)An inverted U shape.
An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
(senseid)(architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
(archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
- to pass into the arch of a bridge
To form into an arch shape
To cover with an arch or arches.
- The cat arched its back
From the prefix . "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.
(senseid) Knowing, clever, mischievous.
- I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
* 1906 , O. Henry,
- [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
- A certain melancholy that touched her countenance must have been of recent birth, for it had not yet altered the fine and youthful contours of her cheek, nor subdued the arch though resolute curve of her lips.
- Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
- the most arch act of piteous massacre
(obsolete) A chief.
- My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.
A V-shaped cut.
Such a cut, used for keeping a record
A mountain pass; a defile
(informal) A level or degree.
- ''The notches in that tribe's warrior axe handles stand for killed enemies.
* 2014 , Daniel Taylor, "
- ''This car is a notch better than the other.
World Cup 2014: Uruguay sink England as Suárez makes his mark," guardian.co.uk , 20 June:
- A better team might also have done more to expose Uruguay’s occasionally brittle defence, but England’s speed of thought and movement in their attacking positions was a good notch or two down from the Italy game.
* notch on one's bedpost, notch on the bedpost
* top notch
To cut a notch in (something).
To record (a score or similar) by making notches on something.
To join by means of notches.
To achieve (something).
- The tribe's hunters notch their kills by notches on each's axe's handle.
- The team notched a pair of shutout wins on Sunday.