Definition of sawtooth in English:


(also saw-toothed, sawtoothed)


  • 1Shaped like the teeth of a saw with alternate steep and gentle slopes.

    • ‘Through the entranceway we glimpse a lifesize hologram of sawtooth ravines, razorback spurs and tree-serrated skylines.’
    • ‘Activities are arranged around a linear central hall, its sawtooth roof supported by slim, square section columns.’
    • ‘Another building type features a sawtooth roof and an exposed steel frame that manipulate sunlight, introducing patterns of shade and shadow on a simple metal panels or precast facade.’
    • ‘The serrated or sawtooth wheel is most commonly used, but a smooth wheel is preferable on delicate fabrics.’
    • ‘It is but a short hike through a white pine forest from the top of the ski resort chair to the broad expanse of this high bowl, ringed by sharp summits and sawtooth ridges.’
    • ‘Light floods into the space from a series of sawtooth rooflights.’
    • ‘An enormous cirque plunged 300 feet down to a frozen aquamarine lake and then sloped up and away to a sawtoothed ridge.’
    • ‘The seam of the canopy and the weapon bay doors are sawtoothed and the vertical tails are canted at an angle.’
    • ‘Herringbone wool is woven in a twill that is reversed at regular spacing, creating a sawtooth line.’
    • ‘Looking northwest up the valley, we see a sawtoothed spine of brilliant white.’
    • ‘Turn right at the sign for White Bark Vista and you will stand witness to a granite panorama dominated by the sawtooth ridge of the Minarets - a banquet of peaks and precipices.’
    • ‘Inspired by another factory building they'd seen, the architects opted to try out a sawtooth roof structure to bring in northern light.’
    • ‘The glass panels step in a sawtooth pattern from east to west, and help articulate the ceiling.’
    • ‘The sculptures seem like bellicose battleships, flaunting jagged-ribbed fins and sawtooth incisors.’
    • ‘From the pass, I see one black, sawtoothed ridgeline after another.’
    • ‘Linger over the view, which encompasses the San Joaquin River Valley, Banner Peak, Mt. Ritter, and the sawtooth Minarets, named for their resemblance to mosque towers.’
    jagged, craggy, rugged, uneven, rough, irregular, broken
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    1. 1.1Physics (of a waveform) showing a slow linear rise and rapid linear fall or vice versa.
      • ‘Variable frequency sawtooth waveforms are often utilized as an excitation signal in a digital musical synthesizer.’
      • ‘It has two oscillators per voice, each with pulse, triangle and sawtooth waveforms, and they can be detuned or synchronized.’