[ adjective ser-eyt, -it; verb ser-eyt, suh-reyt ]
/ adjective ˈsɛr eɪt, -ɪt; verb ˈsɛr eɪt, səˈreɪt /


Chiefly Biology. notched on the edge like a saw: a serrate leaf.
Numismatics. (of a coin) having a grooved edge.

verb (used with object), ser·rat·ed, ser·rat·ing.

to make serrate or serrated: He serrated the knives so they would cut meat easily.

Nearby words

  1. serra junípero,
  2. serranid,
  3. serrano,
  4. serrano ham,
  5. serranoid,
  6. serrate suture,
  7. serrated,
  8. serratia,
  9. serration,
  10. serrature

Origin of serrate

1590–1600; < Latin serrātus, equivalent to serr(a) saw + -ātus -ate1

Related formssub·ser·rate, adjectiveun·ser·rate, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for serrating


adjective (ˈsɛrɪt, -eɪt)

(of leaves) having a margin of forward pointing teeth
having a notched or sawlike edge

verb (səˈreɪt)

(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



"notched," 1660s, from Latin serratus "sawlike, notched like a saw," from serra "a saw," of unknown origin. Related: Serrated; serrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for serrating


[ sĕrāt′ ]


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.

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