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

  • n. A number that is one of a series and is used for identification, as of a machine, weapon, or motor vehicle.

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  • n. a unique number, assigned to a particular unit of some product, to identify it


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  • “Tight-beam, from Ky Vatta to the ISC commander: ‘Blueridge ship IDs are faked; former Bissonet militia personnel with our force recognized serial number as from Bissonet defense forces.

    Command Decision

  • Recognizing its value, they notified their ally and set aside for the British the undamaged SKM, the one found in Habenicht’s locker, which bore the serial number 151.

    Castles of Steel

  • Except I’d bet a pitcher of beer that the serial number on this one is going to tell me that where it really belongs is over in Dead Ed Robilio’s house.

    Critical Conditions

  • The navy designated the Pre-Flight training group to which Armstrong serial number C505129 and his six friends were assigned as Class 5-49, the fifth class to begin training at NAS Pensacola in 1949.

    First Man

  • The NACA’s B-47A serial number 49-1900, designated as NACA 150, flew from 1953 to 1957.

    First Man

  • Pfc something, with a serial number and a unit designation.

    Killing Floor

  • On 10 July SAC's oldest active B-52G bomber. serial number 58-0232, was retired.

    Strategic Air Command: People Aircraft and Missiles 2nd Edition

  • By a lucky chance, the captain of one of the friendly ships recognized a serial number as belonging to a ship from Bissonet System, which as you know — I hope you know — fell to a pirate coalition.”

    Command Decision

  • Anyway, one Simon L. Morley with the fine euphonious serial number looks like a candidate.

    Time and Again


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