serration

noun
ser·​ra·​tion | \sə-ˈrā-shən, se-\

Definition of serration 

1 : the condition of being serrate

2 : a formation resembling the toothed edge of a saw

3 : one of the teeth in a serrate margin

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The blade serrations stop part of the blade from making contact with the cutting board, which dulls edges much faster. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 The sharpening is very reasonable, as there are no serrations to complicate the process. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Folding Knives, According to You," 9 May 2018 When sharpening with a file, do not use oil; metal filings will accumulate and clog the file’s serrations. Cindy Daniel, Sunset, "How to Maintan Your Garden Tools," 22 Jan. 2018 The largest of these Ice Age cats sported canines that were 11 inches long, with fine serrations giving the fangs even more of a cutting edge. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?," 21 Mar. 2017 And what’s up with putting the serrations at the tip of the blade instead of the more usual location near the handle? Dylan Tweney, WIRED, "Review: Roundup: Folding Pocket Knives," 29 June 2009 Not even T. rex had bigger serrations on its teeth, Dal Sasso says. Traci Watson, USA TODAY, "Prehistoric giant croc had T-Rex teeth," 4 July 2017 Piacsek, a physics professor at Central Washington University, stands on the only flat surface: a metal grating suspended above claw-like serrations thrusting up from the floor. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "A room where sound goes to die — and scientists go to study," 3 July 2017 The largest of these Ice Age cats sported canines that were 11 inches long, with fine serrations giving the fangs even more of a cutting edge. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?," 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of serration

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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