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sawtooth

[ saw-tooth ]

noun

, plural saw·teeth [saw, -teeth].
  1. one of the cutting teeth of a saw.
  2. any of the small parallel roof structures forming a sawtooth roof.


adjective

  1. having a zigzag profile, similar to that of the cutting edge of a saw; sawtoothed; serrate:

    a sawtooth mountain range.

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 History and Origins

Origin of sawtooth1

First recorded in 1595–1605; saw 1 + tooth
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Example Sentences

Because plants take up CO2 as they grow in spring and summer and release it as they decompose in fall and winter, CO2 concentrations rose and fell each year in a sawtooth pattern.

There are banksia bushes with their sawtooth-edge leaves and dried seed cones like multiple jabbering mouths.

I had struck the trail of a single deer that was going down a short sawtooth point or a short spur of the main ridge.

The next day Jack Sawtooth showed up, tired out, fresh from the wilderness.

There were many such, for the Sawtooth, powerful and stern against outlawry, tolerated no pilfering from their thousands.

As to the Sawtooth, forty thousand acres comprised their holdings under patents, deeds and long-time leases from the government.

It had grown to be second nature,—and it had made him a good man for the Sawtooth Cattle Company to have on its pay roll.

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