from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by irregular projections and indentations on the edge or surface. See Synonyms at rough.
  • adj. Having a rough or harsh quality: "not a stutter exactly but a jagged sound, as if the words were being broken-off from some other, stronger current of words deep inside” ( Anne Tyler).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unevenly cut; having the texture of something so cut.
  • adj. Having a rough quality.
  • adj. Of an array, having a different cardinality in each dimension, such that a representation on paper would appear uneven.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of jag.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having jags; having rough, sharp notches, protuberances, or teeth; cleft; laciniate; divided.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having notches or teeth, or ragged edges; cleft; divided; laciniate: as, jagged leaves.
  • Cut into jags, as sleeves and other parts of a garment; cut at the edge with leaf-like serrations: a fashion of garments common in the early part of the fifteenth century. See dag
  • In heraldry, shown with broken and irregular outlines, as if torn from something else: said of any bearing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a sharply uneven surface or outline
  • adj. having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawed


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