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  • serried — pressed close together, 1667 (in Paradise Lost ), pp. of serry to press close together (1580s), a military term, from M.Fr. serre close, compact, pp. of serrer press close, fasten, from V.L. *serrare to bolt, lock up, from L. serare, from sera… …   Etymology dictionary

  • serried — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of rows of people or things) standing close together. ORIGIN from archaic serry «press close», probably from French serré close together …   English terms dictionary

  • serried — [ser′ēd] adj. [pp. of obs. serry < Fr serrer, to crowd < LL serare, to lock: see SERAGLIO] placed close together; crowded; compact, as soldiers in ranks …   English World dictionary

  • serried — [17] The phrase serried ranks is first recorded in William Wilkie’s Epigoniad 1757, but it was clearly inspired by Milton’s ‘Nor serv’d it to relax their serried files’ in Paradise Lost 1667. It means ‘rows crowded close together’, and serried is …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • serried — [17] The phrase serried ranks is first recorded in William Wilkie’s Epigoniad 1757, but it was clearly inspired by Milton’s ‘Nor serv’d it to relax their serried files’ in Paradise Lost 1667. It means ‘rows crowded close together’, and serried is …   Word origins

  • close — Synonyms and related words: Autobahn, Spartan, US highway, abandonment, abbreviated, abort, about, about to be, abridged, abstruse, accented, accommodate, accost, accurate, adjacent, adjust, advance, agree, airless, airtight, alert, all but,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • serried — ser|ried [ˈserid] adj [no comparative] [usually before noun] literary [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: serry to press close together (16 19 centuries), from French serrer, from Late Latin serare to lock ] standing or arranged closely together in rows ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • serried — Synonyms and related words: articulated, assembled, bristling, catenated, ceaseless, close, close knit, close textured, close woven, compact, compacted, compressed, concatenated, concentrated, concrete, condensed, congested, connected,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • serried — adjective (of rows of people or things) standing close together. Origin C17: past participle of serry press close , prob. from Fr. serré close together …   English new terms dictionary

  • serried — adj. (of ranks of soldiers, rows of trees, etc.) pressed together; without gaps; close. Etymology: past part. of serry press close prob. f. F serreacute past part. of serrer close ult. f. L sera lock, or past part. of obs. serr f. OF serrer …   Useful english dictionary

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