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

Agents later determined the pistol had a serial number on it. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, "West Virginia man sentenced for stealing firearms from ATF," 27 Aug. 2019 Housed in a wooden box, the clock face is seated in gold and is protected by a screen, which can be lifted to turn the face over and get the serial number off the back. Kyrie Long, The Seattle Times, "Family donates ice classic clock UA Museum of the North," 30 Mar. 2019 Most egregiously, California now effectively bans all handgun models that have debuted since 2013, via a mandate that new handguns microstamp their serial number in two locations on every unit of ammunition the handgun fires. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Heller’s Precarious Situation," 12 Sep. 2019 The lock box was opened, revealing a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun, both unloaded with the serial number on one of the guns scratched off and illegible, according to the statement. Bob Blubaugh,, "Westminster man arrested on firearms charges after traffic stop," 4 Sep. 2019 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

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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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