sequence

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noun

se·​quence ˈsē-kwən(t)s How to pronounce sequence (audio)
-ˌkwen(t)s
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)
3
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
4
b
: a subsequent development
5
: continuity of progression
the narrative sequence

sequence

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verb

sequenced; sequencing

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Meanwhile, director Danya Taymor keeps Ponyboy and his pals moving at a swift gallop onstage, pausing only for a few slow motion fight sequences that were choreographed by brothers Rick and Jeff Kuperman. EW.com, 12 Apr. 2024 But never mind: In mere moments Civil War gives you its first unpleasant sequence, a stop at a gas station run by scary militia members. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sequence 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sequence was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sequence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sequence. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sequence

noun
se·​quence
ˈsē-kwən(t)s,
-ˌkwen(t)s
1
a
: a continuous or connected series
b
: a set of several shots or scenes developing a single subject (as in a movie)
a chase sequence in a spy movie
2
: the order in which things are or should be connected, related, or dated
the sequence of events
3
b
: a development that follows something else
Etymology

Noun

Middle English sequence "a hymn, a connected series," derived from Latin sequentia "state or fact of following, succession," from sequent-, sequens, a form of the verb sequi "to follow" — related to sequel

Medical Definition

sequence

1 of 2 noun
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

2 of 2 transitive verb
sequenced; sequencing
: 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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