serrate

[adjective ser-eyt, -it; verb ser-eyt, suh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), ser·rat·ed, ser·rat·ing.
  1. to make serrate or serrated: He serrated the knives so they would cut meat easily.

Origin of serrate

1590–1600; < Latin serrātus, equivalent to serr(a) saw + -ātus -ate1
Related formssub·ser·rate, adjectiveun·ser·rate, adjective
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Related Words for serrating

mangle, notch, pink, depress, cut, dent, serrate, mark, hollow, nick, score, bash, dint, jag, pit, rut, scallop, rabbet, lance, gash

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British Dictionary definitions for serrating

serrate

adjective (ˈsɛrɪt, -eɪt)
  1. (of leaves) having a margin of forward pointing teeth
  2. having a notched or sawlike edge
verb (səˈreɪt)
  1. (tr) to make serrate

Word Origin for serrate

C17: from Latin serrātus saw-shaped, from serra a saw
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Word Origin and History for serrating

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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serrating in Medicine

serrate

[sĕrāt′]
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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