Arch vs Notch - What's the difference?

arch | notch |

As nouns the difference between arch and notch

is that arch is (senseid)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

is (senseid) knowing, clever, mischievous.



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Etymology 1

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.
  • to pass into the arch of a bridge
  • (archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
  • References


  • To form into an arch shape
  • The cat arched its back
  • To cover with an arch or arches.
  • Etymology 2

    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.
  • * Tatler
  • [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
  • * 1906 , O. Henry,
  • 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.
  • Principal; primary.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the most arch act of piteous massacre
    Derived terms
    * (l)


  • (obsolete) A chief.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.


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  • A V-shaped cut.
  • Such a cut, used for keeping a record
  • ''The notches in that tribe's warrior axe handles stand for killed enemies.
  • An indentation.
  • A mountain pass; a defile
  • (informal) A level or degree.
  • ''This car is a notch better than the other.
  • * 2014 , Daniel Taylor, " World Cup 2014: Uruguay sink England as Suárez makes his mark," , 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.

    Derived terms

    * notch on one's bedpost, notch on the bedpost * notchback * notchboard * top notch


  • To cut a notch in (something).
  • To record (a score or similar) by making notches on something.
  • The tribe's hunters notch their kills by notches on each's axe's handle.
  • To join by means of notches.
  • To achieve (something).
  • The team notched a pair of shutout wins on Sunday.
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  • Derived terms

    * notcher * notchy