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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The number of these weapons in the American public’s hands is unknown, because the ATF cannot track them absent a serial number. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Coast Guard Officer Accused of Planning Terror Attack Amassed an Arsenal," 21 Feb. 2019 The charging papers allege that the pistol Anderson shot Devereaux-Hale with was possibly stolen, with signs that the serial number had been tampered with. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Burien teen who shot friend charged with manslaughter," 20 Aug. 2018 California passed a law in 2016 requiring anyone who owns a firearm without a serial number to apply for one. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Coast Guard Officer Accused of Planning Terror Attack Amassed an Arsenal," 21 Feb. 2019 This means that—like the label of your favorite artisanal coffee bag—the diamond’s provenance will be listed directly next to the stone in stores, and a unique serial number, invisible to the naked eye, will be laser-etched on the gem’s surface. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "New Year, New Jewels: Tiffany & Co. Commits to Geographic Transparency for all its Diamonds," 9 Jan. 2019 The chairs are all signed by the artist and feature their own individual names and serial numbers. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Lift Off! Tom Sachs Is Selling His Famous NASA Chairs For the Next 24 Hours," 7 Dec. 2018 Because of the gun's missing serial number, authorities could not tell if it had ever been reported stolen, according to Glen T. Boyd, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. Michelle Hunter,, "Bonnabel High School student said he brought gun to school for 'protection': JPSO," 27 Apr. 2018 An American, can to this day, right now, make a gun and there's no requirement to put a serial number on it. Fox News, "John Bolton on Maduro 'assassination' attempt, Russian election meddling," 5 Aug. 2018 The original serial number in the Captain Kirk Star Trek era was NCC-1701. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "Sure, It’s a Sedan, but It’s Also a Porsche," 6 Nov. 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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