se·​quenc·​er | \ ˈsē-kwən(t)-sər How to pronounce sequencer (audio) , -ˌkwen(t)- \

Definition of sequencer

: one that sequences: such as
a : a device for arranging things (such as events in the ignition of a rocket) in a sequence
b : a device for determining the order of occurrence of amino acids in a protein or of bases in a nucleic acid

Examples of sequencer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, as the sequencer spun, the Facebook hunters fretted that, once again, nothing would come of a promising lead. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack," 2 Nov. 2020 Each sequencer can run up to about 3,000 samples in 12 hours, though Febbo says that could increase in the future. Jonathan Wosen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Illumina awarded NIH funding for COVID-19 test that runs 3,000 samples at once," 4 Sep. 2020 Its 12-voice engine offers two oscillators per voice, a 32-step sequencer and four envelopes to deliver authentic, true analog grit. Popular Science, "The best vintage-inspired analog keyboards and synthesizers," 26 May 2020 The unique signature of the virus that reached America’s shores in Seattle now accounts for a quarter of all U.S. cases made public by genomic sequencers in the United States. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Solving the Mysteries of Coronavirus With Genetic Fingerprints," 22 Apr. 2020 Mass specs are like gene sequencers for proteins, determining their identity and abundances. Jason Fagone, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chasing a killer," 1 May 2020 The lab includes a sequencer, called MinION, made by Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd. in Oxford, England, that’s about the size of a mobile phone and allows researchers to identify differences among viral strains. Brian Bremner,, "Man vs. Microbe: We’re Not Ready for the Next Global Virus Outbreak," 10 Feb. 2020 At their core, most of these devices are simply equal parts synthesizer and sequencer, meaning that in one step individual drum sounds are synthesized, and in another, they are given a place in a repeating rhythmic sequence. Popular Science, "Four drum machines for hands-on beat making," 21 Jan. 2020 Having grown up with a studio in her parents' Long Island home, Tucci had learned how to write and record vocals and produce on a Korg sequencer at a young age. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Big Beat Boss Gina Tucci Makes It Crystal Clear: 'I Want Sonic Innovation and I Want Melodies'," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of sequencer

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sequencer was in 1949

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“Sequencer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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se·​quenc·​er | \ ˈsē-kwən-sər, -ˌkwen(t)-sər How to pronounce sequencer (audio) \

Medical Definition of sequencer

: one that sequences especially : a device for determining the order of occurrence of amino acids in a protein or of bases in a nucleic acid

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