Simple Definition of sequence
: 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
1 : a hymn in irregular meter between the gradual and Gospel in masses for special occasions (as Easter)
2 : a continuous or connected series: asa : 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 rankc : a succession of repetitions of a melodic phrase or harmonic pattern each in a new positiond : a set of elements ordered so that they can be labeled with the positive integerse : the exact order of bases in a nucleic acid or of amino acids in a proteinf (1) : a succession of related shots or scenes developing a single subject or phase of a film story (2) : episode
3a : order of successionb : an arrangement of the tenses of successive verbs in a sentence designed to express a coherent relationship especially between main and subordinate parts
5 : continuity of progression <the narrative sequence>
Examples of sequence
He listened to the telephone messages in sequence.
a chase sequence in a spy movie
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
Definition of sequence
1 : to arrange in a sequence
2 : 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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