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notch in Nature topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnotchnotch1 /nɒtʃ $ nɑːtʃ/ noun [countable]  1 BETTERa level on a scale that measures something, for example quality or achievement Her new book is several notches above anything else she has written. Jackson raised his voice by a notch. The Spartans turned it up a notch in the second half.2 CUTa V-shaped cut or hole in a surface or edge Cut a notch near one end of the stick.3 American EnglishDNSG a passage between two mountains or hills top-notch
Examples from the Corpus
notchGrover loosened his belt a notch.He raised his chin a notch and swiveled his head at Earl Varney and Floyd Johnson standing half behind him.In fact he was observing a flock of lapwings in a flooded field; his spirits lifted a notch.Move the broiler rack a notch lower.The seemingly perennial crisis that affects agriculture has shifted up a notch in intensity.You might want to tweak the port speed up a notch, just to see if things run a little faster.Winning the game moved Virginia up a notch in the rankings.Then she'd become just another notch on his bedpost - another victory, albeit not won with quite his usual ease.There att rows of cycle stands with a cycle jammed into every notch.