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serrated

[ser-ey-tid, suh-rey-] /ˈsɛr eɪ tɪd, səˈreɪ-/
adjective
1.
having a notched edge or sawlike teeth, especially for cutting; serrate:
the serrated blade of a bread knife.
2.
Origin of serrated
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; serrate + -ed2
Related forms
subserrated, adjective
unserrated, adjective

serrate

[adjective ser-eyt, -it; verb ser-eyt, suh-reyt] /adjective ˈsɛr eɪt, -ɪt; verb ˈsɛr eɪt, səˈreɪt/
adjective
1.
Chiefly Biology. notched on the edge like a saw:
a serrate leaf.
2.
Numismatics. (of a coin) having a grooved edge.
3.
verb (used with object), serrated, serrating.
4.
to make serrate or serrated:
He serrated the knives so they would cut meat easily.
Origin
1590-1600; < Latin serrātus, equivalent to serr(a) saw + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
subserrate, adjective
unserrate, adjective
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  • The sun was just peeping over the serrated tops of the mountains.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The serrated form of the gills will attract attention at once.

  • Beside it, a tall needle of rock, serrated and sharp, shot up.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Though of great size, it is of light structure, and serrated at the edges.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The opening was so low as to be invisible just outside the serrated breastwork.

    Marianson Mary Hartwell Catherwood
British Dictionary definitions for serrated

serrated

adjective (səˈreɪtɪd)
1.
having a notched or sawlike edge

serrate

adjective (ˈsɛrɪt; -eɪt)
1.
(of leaves) having a margin of forward pointing teeth
2.
having a notched or sawlike edge
verb (səˈreɪt)
3.
(transitive) to make serrate
Word Origin
C17: from Latin serrātus saw-shaped, from serra a saw
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Word Origin and History for serrated
adj.

1703, past participle adjective based on Latin serratus (see serrate (adj.)). Serrating "sawing" attested from 1590s, but serrate as a transitive verb not attested before 1750 according to OED.

serrate

adj.

"notched," 1660s, from Latin serratus "sawlike, notched like a saw," from serra "a saw," of unknown origin. Related: Serrated; serrating.

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serrated in Medicine

serrate ser·rate (sěr'āt') or ser·rat·ed (-ā'tĭd)
adj.

  1. Having or forming a row of small, sharp, projections resembling the teeth of a saw.

  2. Having a saw-toothed edge or margin notched with toothlike projections.

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