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
Recent Examples on the Web Typically, they're asked to load a prepaid card and read the serial number over the phone. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 15 Sep. 2021 In addition to the casings police found in his vehicle, law enforcement also found methamphetamine, ammunition and multiple firearms in the vehicle, including two shotguns and an assault rifle with no serial number. oregonlive, 28 July 2021 Pleyel made the instrument, with serial number 14810, available to Chopin, already seriously ailing at the time, in the fall of 1848. Fox News, 10 Dec. 2021 Police ran the gun's serial number, which did not yield anything, leading authorities to believe the weapon was stolen. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 2 Dec. 2021 Of other interest is the serial number on Jet’s (Mustafa Shakir) robotic arm. Zoe Hewitt, Variety, 19 Nov. 2021 Each credit issued is tracked with a specific serial number on a secure registry that acts in a similar way to a stock exchange to ensure credits are not double sold or double claimed. Dee Lawrence, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Banegas’ arrest affidavit states the serial number on the gun used to kill Chirino on Oct. 17 shows it was reported stolen to the Miami Police Department on Sept. 14. Chris Perkins,, 23 Oct. 2021 When his 19-year-old wife Margaret purchased a cigarette case at a Woolworth’s in Salt Lake City, a diligent salesclerk noticed that the serial number on a $5 bill matched one on a list circulated by the FBI. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of serial number

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of serial number was in 1838

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12 Jan 2022

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“Serial number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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