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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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 Then the consumer called the fraudster back and read him the serial numbers for the MoneyPak card. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Robocalls are at a record high: How to avoid becoming a victim," 9 May 2018 Agents from the Homeland Security Investigations found a .45-caliber Kimber Ultra Ten IIpistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition and a Iver Johnson Champion shotgun without a serial number. John R. Ellement,, "Brazilian national pleads guilty to firearm charge," 25 May 2018 The bills totaling $1,750 all had identical serial numbers. Joan Rusek,, "More counterfeit bills are used at Market Place stores," 20 Jan. 2018 The morning after the latest Chiefs postseason farce, coach Andy Reid served up his customary name, rank and serial number news conference. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Status quo has to change for Chiefs, including moving on from Alex Smith | The Kansas City Star," 7 Jan. 2018 Guns manufactured for sale feature a serial number on the receiver, which houses the firing mechanism. New York Times, "‘Downloadable Gun’ Clears a Legal Obstacle, and Activists Are Alarmed," 13 July 2018 There’s also a case with chrome edges and a full-color version of the Miku design etched on the phone itself, along with a metal collector’s card with the serial number printed. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Xiaomi releases elaborate Hatsune Miku edition Mi 6X," 3 July 2018 But the serial number on the passport, Mologbama said, belongs to a batch of passports that were stolen in 2014. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Boris Becker claims to be a Central African diplomat. Officials there say his passport is a fake.," 20 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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