Definitions

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  • v. To crowd; to press together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To crowd; to press together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To crowd; press together.

Etymologies

French serrer, Latin serrare, serare, from Latin sera a bar, bolt; akin to serere to join or bind together. See serries. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'I have seen him,' Milo writes somewhere, 'ride into a serry of knights, singing, throwing up and catching again his great sword Gaynpayn; then, all of a sudden, stiffen as with a gush of sap in his veins, dart his head forward, gather his horse together under him, and fling into the midst of them like a tiger into a herd of bulls.

    The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay

Comments

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  • Thank you mollusque! It can be found online, but apparently Garzanti Linguistica* doesn't like it.

    (*One of the most complete English to Italian free online dictionaries)

    September 8, 2008

  • To press close together in ranks; now mostly used in the form serried.

    September 8, 2008

  • This sounds like a passing unusual word, at least according to my English-Italian dictionary that did not list it.

    September 8, 2008