Definition of sawtooth in US English:


(also sawtoothed, saw-toothed)


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

    ‘bands of jagged sawtooth decoration’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the pass, I see one black, sawtoothed ridgeline after another.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Looking northwest up the valley, we see a sawtoothed spine of brilliant white.’
    • ‘Activities are arranged around a linear central hall, its sawtooth roof supported by slim, square section columns.’
    • ‘Through the entranceway we glimpse a lifesize hologram of sawtooth ravines, razorback spurs and tree-serrated skylines.’
    • ‘The serrated or sawtooth wheel is most commonly used, but a smooth wheel is preferable on delicate fabrics.’
    • ‘Herringbone wool is woven in a twill that is reversed at regular spacing, creating a sawtooth line.’
    • ‘The sculptures seem like bellicose battleships, flaunting jagged-ribbed fins and sawtooth incisors.’
    jagged, craggy, rugged, uneven, rough, irregular, broken
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    1. 1.1 (of a waveform) showing a slow linear rise and rapid linear fall or vice versa.
      ‘a sawtooth output’
      • ‘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.’