Definition of sawtooth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsôto͞oTH/
(also sawtoothed or saw-toothed /-ˌto͞oTHt/)


1Shaped like the teeth of a saw with alternate steep and gentle slopes.
Example sentences
  • An enormous cirque plunged 300 feet down to a frozen aquamarine lake and then sloped up and away to a sawtoothed ridge.
  • The sculptures seem like bellicose battleships, flaunting jagged-ribbed fins and sawtooth incisors.
  • The serrated or sawtooth wheel is most commonly used, but a smooth wheel is preferable on delicate fabrics.
1.1 Physics (Of a waveform) showing a slow linear rise and rapid linear fall or vice versa.
Example sentences
  • It has two oscillators per voice, each with pulse, triangle and sawtooth waveforms, and they can be detuned or synchronized.
  • Variable frequency sawtooth waveforms are often utilized as an excitation signal in a digital musical synthesizer.

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Syllabification: saw·tooth

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