serrate

adjective
ser·rate | \ˈser-ˌāt, sə-ˈrāt\

Definition of serrate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: notched or toothed on the edge specifically : having marginal teeth pointing forward or toward the apex a serrate leaf

serrate

verb
ser·rate | \sə-ˈrāt, ˈser-ˌāt\
serrated; serrating

Definition of serrate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark or make with serrations a serrated knife

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Synonyms for serrate

Synonyms: Adjective

saw-toothed, serrated

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Picture it as a narrow, stout and sturdy trowel with one edge a smooth blade and the other a serrated surface. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Forego the 'fart card' for Father's Day. Try one of these gifts instead," 15 June 2018 On that serrated line, this drop doesn’t stand out for its size. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Elon Musk's Attack on Tesla Investors Could Make Him a Liability," 3 May 2018 Just as older generations of musicians were seduced by the electric guitar, Hopkins, as a boy, was seduced by the Roland TB-303, the synthesizer whose squelchy, serrated sound defined the genre known as acid house. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, "An Electronic Soundtrack for Spiritual Awakening," 23 Apr. 2018 The model stepped out on Saturday in a blonde wig, ends bent gently inward at the collarbone, her gaze framed by serrated brow-dusting bangs. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Officially Has an Alter Ego—And She's Blonde," 9 Apr. 2018 Boyle, another officer, and the EMTs who responded to the scene said Coleman attacked one of the EMTs with a 5-inch serrated knife. Maria Cramer, BostonGlobe.com, "‘If I hadn’t called [911], he would be here’," 4 Apr. 2018 Because their feathers are serrated, air passes through them quietly, giving them the ability to sneak up on their prey. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Rescue Owls Visit Wethersfield Library," 28 Mar. 2018 Although you may be tempted to dig in right away, let the cake sit for 30 minutes and then cut with a serrated knife. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Meringue Layer Cake," 6 Mar. 2018 To assemble, split the unmolded cake using a long serrated knife. Country Living, "Pie Recipes," 14 July 2012

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First Known Use of serrate

Adjective

1668, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serrate

Adjective

Latin serratus, from serra saw

Verb

Late Latin serratus, past participle of serrare to saw, from Latin serra

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