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
Recent Examples on the Web McDonald’s rifle was modified and did not have a serial number, according to prosecutors. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 Under federal law, every gun in the U.S. must have a serial number — an identifier unique to the weapon's manufacturer that the ATF can use to trace it. Chris Hacker, CBS News, 16 May 2024 The gun’s serial number was pried off and detectives couldn’t trace where it was last purchased and by whom. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 14 May 2024 Some of the gold bars bore serial numbers indicating they'd previously been owned by Daibes. Ryan Lucas, NPR, 13 May 2024 The torso reportedly was cut open to remove breast implants, which would have had a serial number on them that could identify the victim. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 Videos circulating online appeared to show a Transair plane with the serial number 6V-AJE lying on a grassy bank. Kevin Shalvey, ABC News, 9 May 2024 The instrument bore Steinway’s serial number 157550, and company records and historic photos confirmed that it was sent aboard the Olympic. Eve M. Kahn, New York Times, 8 May 2024 Police recovered another gun from Jones' glove box, with the serial number scratched off, prosecutors said. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 7 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of serial number was in 1838

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“Serial number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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serial number

: a number showing place in a series and used as a means of identification
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