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serried

[ser-eed] /ˈsɛr id/
adjective
1.
pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows:
serried troops.
Origin of serried
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; serry + -ed2
Related forms
serriedly, adverb
serriedness, noun
unserried, adjective

serry

[ser-ee] /ˈsɛr i/
verb (used with or without object), serried, serrying. Archaic.
1.
to crowd closely together.
Origin
1575-85; < Middle French serré, past participle of serrer to press tightly together; see sear2
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  • A thousand serried problems seemed to be pressing on me at once.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • And how he thundered "Blaze with your serried columns, I will not bend the knee!"

  • They stood there looking down between the serried lines of trees.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • Swiftly, surely, their serried ranks were closing in on the Christian band.

    With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene
  • The Levitic officers were to protect the king's person with serried ranks.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • Along the serried ranks of mosquitoes the signal runs, "Blood!"

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • They are like serried ranks; the ground literally bristles with them.

    Autumn Impressions of the Gironde Isabel Giberne Sieveking
  • Then, armed to the teeth, they rode forward in serried ranks.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
  • Instead of charging in serried ranks, the moment the command "Charge!"

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • The serried ash-backets were driven this way and that by the gale.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for serried

serried

/ˈsɛrɪd/
adjective
1.
in close or compact formation: serried ranks of troops
Word Origin
C17: from Old French serré close-packed, from serrer to shut up; see sear²
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Word Origin and History for serried
adj.

"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.

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