noun \ˈsē-kwən(t)s, -ˌkwen(t)s\

: the order in which things happen or should happen

: a group of things that come one after the other

: a part of a movie, television show, etc., that deals with one subject, action, or idea

Full Definition of SEQUENCE

:  a hymn in irregular meter between the gradual and Gospel in masses for special occasions (as Easter)
:  a continuous or connected series: as
a :  an extended series of poems united by a single theme <a sonnet sequence>
b :  three or more playing cards usually of the same suit in consecutive order of rank
c :  a succession of repetitions of a melodic phrase or harmonic pattern each in a new position
d :  a set of elements ordered so that they can be labeled with the positive integers
e :  the exact order of bases in a nucleic acid or of amino acids in a protein
f (1) :  a succession of related shots or scenes developing a single subject or phase of a film story
(2) :  episode
a :  order of succession
b :  an arrangement of the tenses of successive verbs in a sentence designed to express a coherent relationship especially between main and subordinate parts
a :  consequence, result
b :  a subsequent development
:  continuity of progression <the narrative sequence>

Examples of SEQUENCE

  1. He listened to the telephone messages in sequence.
  2. a chase sequence in a spy movie
  3. I enjoyed the movie's opening sequence.

Origin of SEQUENCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin sequentia, from Late Latin, sequel, literally, act of following, from Latin sequent-, sequens, present participle of sequi
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb

Definition of SEQUENCE

:  to arrange in a sequence
:  to determine the sequence of chemical constituents (as amino-acid residues or nucleic-acid bases) in

First Known Use of SEQUENCE



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