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sequence

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noun se·quence \ˈsē-kwən(t)s, -ˌkwen(t)s\

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. 1 :  a hymn in irregular meter between the gradual and Gospel in masses for special occasions (as Easter)

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 4a :  consequence, resultb :  a subsequent development

  5. 5 :  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


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sequence

transitive verb se·quence

Definition of sequence

se·quencedse·quenc·ing

  1. 1 :  to arrange in a sequence

  2. 2 :  to determine the sequence of chemical constituents (as amino-acid residues or nucleic-acid bases) in



1941

First Known Use of sequence

1941




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