ser·​ra·​tion sə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce serration (audio)
: the condition of being serrate
: a formation resembling the toothed edge of a saw
: one of the teeth in a serrate margin

Examples of serration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Closer examination, though, revealed that megalodon teeth actually had slight differences in serration and shape, and so it was reclassified into the extinct family Otodontidae. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 21 Jan. 2024 Use the round ceramic stone that fits the different rounded edges of the serrations. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 12 July 2023 Some blades will have serration, which will cause more internal damage, especially if the blade is twisted once inserted. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 15 June 2023 Plus, the serration also meant the lemon peels didn’t come off as smoothly and had a little more pith attached. Rena Behar, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 June 2023 Carnivorous dinosaurs have pointed teeth for piercing hide, for example, as well as perpendicular serrations like a steak knife to cut meat fibers. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2023 The knife has a unique serration pattern of scallops and points which make for a clean cut through the bread without tearing. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2023 The edge has micro-serration that comes in handy for slicing through soft herbs and vegetables. Elizabeth Briskin, Popular Mechanics, 12 Jan. 2023 Dupri and Seal also co-produced the track, adding extra serration to the guitar and lots of splat in the drums. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of serration was in 1842

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“Serration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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