serial number


Definition of serial number 

: a number indicating place in a series and used as a means of identification

Examples of serial number in a Sentence

the serial number of a computer

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Every Starship Enterprise in all the movies and TV shows has a serial number on it. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "Sure, It’s a Sedan, but It’s Also a Porsche," 6 Nov. 2018 It was employed for many of Steve McQueen’s close-up shots, while a second Mustang, serial number 8R02S125558, was modified and used for the film’s stunts. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "National Historic Vehicle Register Adds Original 1968 Mustang Fastback Bullitt," 14 Jan. 2018 If the online form is used, only a couple of questions and a serial number are required in order to complete your trade-in estimate. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Apple now offers instant credit toward new devices when trading in online," 9 Aug. 2018 There is no mandate for licensing 3-D guns and they can be created without a serial number, making them untraceable by law enforcement. Kurtis Lee, The Seattle Times, "Q&A on 3-D printed guns," 31 July 2018 The serial number matches the one on the gun box found in his Terre Haute apartment. CBS News, "Was revenge the motive behind Omaha stabbing deaths?," 2 June 2018 Then the consumer called the fraudster back and read him the serial numbers for the MoneyPak card. charlotteobserver, "Robocalls are out of control. Here’s how to keep from getting scammed | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 Then the consumer called the fraudster back and read him the serial numbers for the MoneyPak card. Susan Tompor, USA TODAY, "Robocalls are out of control. Here's how to keep from getting scammed," 13 May 2018 It was determined my unit’s [evaporator coil] serial number was on the list of defective units. Cathy Cunningham,, "Owner of defective Lennox AC unit asks: Can I opt out of class action and personally sue dealer who sold me unit?," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of serial number

1838, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of serial number

: a number that is put on a product and that is used to identify it

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