Borrowed from Old French serrer, from Vulgar Latin *serrare (“close, shut”), from Late Latin serare (“fasten, bolt”), from Latin sera (“a bar, bolt”), akin to Latin serere (“to join or bind together”). Compare French serrer (“to tighten”) and Spanish cerrar (“to shut, close”). See serries.
- To crowd; to press together.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for serry in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)