sawtooth

[saw-tooth]
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adjective
  1. having a zigzag profile, similar to that of the cutting edge of a saw; sawtoothed; serrate: a sawtooth mountain range.

Origin of sawtooth

First recorded in 1595–1605; saw1 + tooth
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Historical Examples of sawtooth

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

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    B.M. Bower

  • He had not objected to the Sawtooth cattle which still watered at Skyline Meadow.

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    B.M. Bower

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

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    B.M. Bower

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

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    B.M. Bower

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

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    B.M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for sawtooth

sawtooth

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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