sawtooth

adjective
saw·​tooth | \ ˈsȯ-ˌtüth How to pronounce sawtooth (audio) \

Definition of sawtooth

: having serrations : arranged or having parts arranged like the teeth of a saw a sawtooth roof

Examples of sawtooth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cable has a sawtooth design with ribbing that helps stop annoying microphonic when the cables chafe. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Among them: taking out a mezzanine level that cut through some of the more majestic double-height spaces and removing paint from the sawtooth skylights on the third floor that had been painted over during World War II — and never unpainted. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Its circular form is visible from the ramps of LACMA’s Pavilion for Japanese Art and over the sawtooth roof of the Resnick. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 There is a sawtooth hanger on the back for quick and easy installation. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 There is a sawtooth hanger on the back for quick and easy installation. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 There is a sawtooth hanger on the back for quick and easy installation. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 There is a sawtooth hanger on the back for quick and easy installation. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 There is a sawtooth hanger on the back for quick and easy installation. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sawtooth

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sawtooth was circa 1859

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“Sawtooth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sawtooth. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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