Definition of sawtooth in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːtuːθ
(also sawtoothed /-tuːθt/)


  • 1Shaped like the teeth of a saw with alternate steep and gentle slopes: bands of jagged sawtooth decoration
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    • 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(Of a waveform) showing a slow linear rise and rapid linear fall or vice versa: a sawtooth output
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    • 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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