se·​quenc·​er ˈsē-kwən(t)-sər How to pronounce sequencer (audio)
: one that sequences: such as
: a device for arranging things (such as events in the ignition of a rocket) in a sequence
: 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 The potential for bitcoin to act as a global event sequencer for financial transactions, utilizing the Lightning Network for small transactions and the mainnet for preserving critical international settlements, makes increasing fees less of an issue. Liam Wright, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 My set up at the time was all electronic: sequencers and samples. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024 Special enzymes attach short, recognizable pieces of DNA, called adapters, to the animal DNA, which readies them for the sequencer. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2023 The company claims the sequencer, dubbed DNBSEQ-T20, can read up to 50,000 human genomes a year, 2.5 times the max output of a line of new high-end sequencers that Illumina, the market leader, recently launched. Jonathan Wosen Reprints, STAT, 7 Feb. 2023 Manning ran samples from the patient through a genetic sequencer, a device that reads the letters that make up an organism's genome; the sequencer was a recent addition to her lab at the Cambodian government's parasitology department in Phnom Penh. Amos Zeeberg New York Times, Star Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 At some computers down the hall from the sequencers, the maps help another team of researchers assemble sequence fragments into a full T2T genome. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2023 The risk was not zero, because Grail and a handful of his nascent-stage competitors rely on Illumina’s sequencers to process their tests. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 27 July 2023 Utilizing synths, sequencers and drum machines, the trio were trailblazers in the electronic genre, ushering in the Eighties electro sound. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


: 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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