On the margins of the wood, Bluebells were mobilised in serried ranks.
A thousand serried problems seemed to be pressing on me at once.
Within an hour they were passing in serried lines before the Commander.
The Levitic officers were to protect the king's person with serried ranks.
Two o clock; the cold wet fog Bears down in dripping banks: Ah, here they comethe dirty hounds In swinging, serried ranks!
They are like serried ranks; the ground literally bristles with them.
And so my mind planned and planned, as I trudged along toward San Augustin between the serried ranks of my captors.
Instead of charging in serried ranks, the moment the command "Charge!"
From this serried array of figures the mind instinctively recoils.
The serried ash-backets were driven this way and that by the gale.
"pressed close together," 1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), probably a past participle adjective from serry "to press close together" (1580s), a military term, from Middle French serre "close, compact" (12c.), past participle of serrer "press close, fasten," from Vulgar Latin *serrare "to bolt, lock up," from Latin serare, from sera "a bolt, bar, cross-bar," perhaps from PIE *ser- (3) "to line up" (see series). Modern use is due to the popularity of Scott, who used it with phalanx.