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sawtooth

[saw-tooth] /ˈsɔˌtuθ/
noun, plural sawteeth
[saw-teeth] /ˈsɔˌtiθ/ (Show IPA)
1.
one of the cutting teeth of a saw.
2.
any of the small parallel roof structures forming a sawtooth roof.
adjective
3.
having a zigzag profile, similar to that of the cutting edge of a saw; sawtoothed; serrate:
a sawtooth mountain range.
Origin of sawtooth
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; saw1 + tooth
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  • He had not objected to the sawtooth cattle which still watered at Skyline Meadow.

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  • Twice in the next week Lone found an excuse for riding over to the sawtooth.

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  • And you can't say, 'Here, I know the sawtooth had a hand in that.'

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  • So many heedless ones crossed the sawtooth's path to riches!

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  • By that time the sawtooth had grown to a power no poor man could hope to defeat.

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  • But you will long ago have guessed that he was the evil eye of the sawtooth Company.

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  • He was absorbed now in his work and thought no more about the sawtooth.

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  • "Say, I never set out to marry the sawtooth," he stated calmly.

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  • But that was all,—since Al was at that moment trailing Lorraine toward the sawtooth.

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  • Yuh may pin this on to Al, but that won't let the sawtooth in.

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British Dictionary definitions for sawtooth

sawtooth

/ˈsɔːˌtuːθ/
adjective
1.
(of a waveform) having an amplitude that varies linearly with time between two values, the interval in one direction often being much greater than the other
2.
having or generating such a waveform
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Word Origin and History for sawtooth
n.

c.1600, from saw (n.1) + tooth.

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