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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Search inside handbags and accessories for tags with holograms and serial numbers (my Fendi bag has both). Doreen Christensen,, "Thrift shopping secrets: Scoop up Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Gucci for a few bucks | Doreen’s Deals," 8 Sep. 2019 Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for a complete list of the model numbers and serial numbers of the cooktops affected by the recall. Doug Criss, CNN, "More than 26,000 glass cooktops have been recalled because they can turn themselves on," 29 Aug. 2019 The authorities traced the serial number back to the handgun’s original owner. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad," 25 Aug. 2019 An off-duty detective using a metal detector in Wales discovered the silver bracelet that contained Albert Coleman’s name and serial number. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 Then, in 2015, a police officer caught him with a loaded .38 revolver, its serial number scratched out. Washington Post, "Hate crime reports have soared in D.C. Prosecutions have plummeted.," 21 Aug. 2019 Apple says if your serial number is on the list, stop using the computer immediately. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple is recalling MacBook Pros that could catch on fire," 27 June 2019 Bill Shanley and his canteen, which was lost in France during World War II and returned to his daughter in Chicago. Etched in the metal is his signature, a naked woman and his Army serial number. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: What's in the Illinois state budget, 75th anniversary of D-Day and other things to know to start your day," 6 June 2019 Also, each 30th Anniversary Edition Miata will get a badge, located on the driver's-side quarter-panel ahead of the rear wheel, that denotes the serial number of the car. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Mazda Is Bringing More Units of the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition to the U.S.," 14 May 2019

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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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