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

  • adj. Having or forming a row of small sharp projections resembling the teeth of a saw: serrate teeth; a serrate talon.
  • adj. Having a saw-toothed edge or margin notched with toothlike projections: serrate leaves.
  • transitive v. To make serrate or saw-toothed; jag the edge of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having tooth-like projections on one side, as in a saw.
  • adj. (leaves) Having tooth-like projections pointed away from the petiole.
  • v. To make serrate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Notched on the edge, like a saw.
  • adj. Beset with teeth pointing forwards or upwards.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Notched on the edge like a saw; toothed; specifically, in botany, having small sharp teeth along the margin, pointing toward the apex: as, a serrate leaf.
  • To render serrate; notch like a saw.

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

  • adj. notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex
  • v. make saw-toothed or jag the edge of


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

Latin serrātus, saw-shaped, from serra, saw.

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From Latin serratus, past participle of serrō.


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