- Chiefly Biology. notched on the edge like a saw: a serrate leaf.
- Numismatics. (of a coin) having a grooved edge.
- to make serrate or serrated: He serrated the knives so they would cut meat easily.
Origin of serrate
Related Words for serratingmangle, notch, pink, depress, cut, dent, serrate, mark, hollow, nick, score, bash, dint, jag, pit, rut, scallop, rabbet, lance, gash
Examples from the Web for serrating
Historical Examples of serrating
Occasionally the mucronate distal end appears to be the result of intentional termination of serrating at the distal end.Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types
James W. Cambron
From time to time the surface of the absorbent is renewed by serrating it with a comb-like instrument.
- (of leaves) having a margin of forward pointing teeth
- having a notched or sawlike edge
- (tr) to make serrate
Word Origin for serrate
"notched," 1660s, from Latin serratus "sawlike, notched like a saw," from serra "a saw," of unknown origin. Related: Serrated; serrating.
- Having or forming a row of small, sharp, projections resembling the teeth of a saw.
- Having a saw-toothed edge or margin notched with toothlike projections.