sequence

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

Definition of sequence

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hymn in irregular meter between the gradual and Gospel in masses for special occasions (such as Easter)
2 : a continuous or connected series: such 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
3a : 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
b : a subsequent development
5 : continuity of progression the narrative sequence

sequence

verb
sequenced; sequencing

Definition of sequence (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of sequence in a Sentence

Noun

He listened to the telephone messages in sequence. a chase sequence in a spy movie I enjoyed the movie's opening sequence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sequence ends with one of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons arriving and breathing fire onto the stadium grounds. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Recreated That Scene with The Mountain for a Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019 And the sequences—described in punchy graphics beamed along the crown of each studio’s wall and synchronized to music—are easy to follow. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "Why Boxing Is the Best Workout of 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 Goddess Mode is an answer written in neon and transformation sequences. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Zoe Quinn’s Goddess Mode makes cyberpunk magic from the internet," 27 Dec. 2018 Following suit, Mary Tyler Moore donned a black pea coat in the opening sequence of her groundbreaking eponymous 1970s sitcom which demurely pushed a feminist message. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "A Complete Guide to Buying the Essential Women’s Pea Coat," 11 Jan. 2019 Set between two desk lamps (which have a kinetic life of their own, thanks to the Pixar Animation Studios opening sequence starring Luxo), the researchers show how quickly the plant responds by switching them on and off again. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Leafy Green Cyborgs Are Coming," 6 Dec. 2018 Killing the Tsar and his wife and children again and again in the opening sequence is Weiner's way of saying that this tragedy is never really over for the members of this family. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What's the Story With The Romanoffs Controversial Opening Credits?," 27 Oct. 2018 Oaxaca, Mexico Day of the Dead may have hit pop culture paydirt in the opening sequence of Spectre, but Mexico City isn’t the best place to experience one of Mexico’s most ancient festivals. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in November," 20 Sep. 2018 An opening sequence sets the film's terror-thriller tone by sending witless corporate goons to retrieve a fossil. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review: This nonsense has gone full Sharknado," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Helix, a three-year-old personal genomics company, is partnering with leading Nevada health-care network Renown Health to sequence the genes of 40,000 Nevadans. Washington Post, "The Health 202: The government is opening the doors to its big new genetics library," 2 May 2018 The same credits sequence that replaced writer and performer names with in-jokes seemed lazier this time around; Wade Wilson’s exploding body sending a disembodied bird-flipping hand tumbling toward the camera felt hackneyed and a little tryhard. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About That Deadpool 2 Credits Scene," 21 May 2018 By sequencing the genomes of five Canaanites that lived 4,000 years ago with genomes from 99 people living in modern day Lebanon, researchers identified a strong genetic link to the mysterious civilization. James Rogers, Fox News, "Social media helps solve mystery of skier who disappeared in the Alps in 1954," 30 July 2018 After that flight, Bradley had blood taken in Kauwe’s office, and BYU’s geneticists extracted and sequenced his DNA. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Shawn Bradley Is Really, Really Tall. But Why?," 18 Sep. 2018 In any case, this was enough for the researchers to decide to sequence the genome of Denisova 11. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "DNA shows girl had one Neanderthal, one Denisovan parent," 22 Aug. 2018 In total, the researchers examined 43 ancient skeletons to sequence 26 ancient human genomes, which were then compared with DNA from modern-day Southeast Asians. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia’s Present-Day Population," 11 July 2018 The research, which will begin next month, reports Reuters, starts with gathering DNA, sequencing it and then comparing it to sequences of other organisms. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Scientists, using DNA, will try again to find the Loch Ness monster," 23 May 2018 There have been subsequent Lumines titles with identical gameplay, but the first Lumines is sequenced like an album. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Tetsuya Mizuguchi on the creation of puzzle classic Lumines and its new remaster," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of sequence

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sequence

Noun

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

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sequence

noun

English Language Learners 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

sequence

noun
se·​quence | \ ˈsē-kwəns \

Kids Definition of sequence

1 : the order in which things are or should be connected, related, or dated Follow the directions in sequence.
2 : a group of things that come one after another a sequence of numbers

sequence

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

Medical Definition of sequence

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a continuous or connected series specifically : the exact order of bases in a nucleic acid or of amino acids in a protein
2 : a consequence, result, or subsequent development (as of a disease)

sequence

transitive verb
sequenced; sequencing

Medical Definition of sequence (Entry 2 of 2)

: to determine the sequence of chemical constituents (as amino acid residues in a protein or bases in a strand of DNA) in sequenced the DNA of the entire genome of an organism

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