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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 From the water-resistant composite wood handle to the sophisticated serration, this knife is for more than just cutting bread and will slice through tomatoes, melons and other delicate foods without crushing them. NBC News, 24 June 2020 Denticles, or serrations, are small bumps on a tooth that give the tooth a serrated edge. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 27 May 2020 The wide serrations make this blade ideal for slicing bread. Popular Science, 21 Apr. 2020 Included in the kit is a skinning blade with serrations at the back cutting edge, two drop-point gut hook blades and one 5-inch fillet blade. Matt Foster, Outdoor Life, 31 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of serration was in 1842

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“Serration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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