serrate

adjective
ser·​rate | \ ˈser-ˌāt How to pronounce serrate (audio) , 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 How to pronounce serrate (audio) , 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: Adjective

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Examples of serrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The best electric knife sharpeners are able to sharpen both straight and serrated blades, and have several sharpening stages. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Sharpening Dull Knives," 18 Nov. 2019 Multi-stage sharpeners are perfect for that high-dollar knife set, including both straight and serrated edges. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons You Need an Electric Sharpener," 23 Sep. 2019 The set includes a 6-inch chef knife, 5-inch serrated utility knife, a 3.5-inch paring knife and 3-inch Santoku knife. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Inspired holiday gifts from the grocery store for under $20 | Doreen’s Deals," 12 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, many sharks today evolved to have triangular teeth that were flat and serrated like a steak knife, which helps them bite off chunks of prey. Lauren Kent, CNN, "How sharks outlived dinosaurs and adapted to suit their environment," 28 Nov. 2019 Many sharks today evolved to have triangular teeth that were flat and serrated like a steak knife, which helps them bite off chunks of prey. Lauren Kent, CNN, "How sharks outlived dinosaurs and adapted to suit their environment," 28 Nov. 2019 Aristocrats depleted the nation’s treasury in pursuit of pleasure while the serrated class divides between the haves and have-nots grew sharper, and eventually fanned the flames of a full-scale rebellion. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "How the French Revolution Is Inspiring Today’s Online Anti-capitalists," 26 Nov. 2019 Allow to cool before cutting, preferably with a serrated knife. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Make a date with this Earl Grey-infused quick bread," 7 Nov. 2019 Since the 1970s, archaeologists, in uncovering their most dramatic site, twin temple pyramids, produced a horrifying record of skulls and serrated flint-knives. Camilla Townsend, Time, "We Learned About the Aztecs From Their Conquerors—But New Research Is Letting Them Speak for Themselves," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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“Serrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serrate. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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