se·​quen·​tial | \ si-ˈkwen(t)-shəl \

Definition of sequential

1 : of, relating to, or arranged in a sequence : serial sequential file systems
2 : following in sequence
3 : relating to or based on a method of testing a statistical hypothesis that involves examination of a sequence of samples for each of which the decision is made to accept or reject the hypothesis or to continue sampling

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Other Words from sequential

sequentially \ si-​ˈkwen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Things in sequence, or regular order, are arranged sequentially. Most novels and films move sequentially, but some use techniques such as flashbacks that interrupt the movement forward in time. Sequential courses in college must follow each other in the proper order, just like sequential tasks or steps.

Examples of sequential in a Sentence

Put the cards in sequential order. explained that if the two required algebra semesters weren't sequential, the students would likely forget the material

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In recent weeks, the World Record Egg’s official account has been posting sequential images of the egg cracking, appearing to tease a big reveal of something inside. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "What Jerry Media, of Fyre Festival Fame, Had Planned for Instagram’s Most Famous Egg," 31 Jan. 2019 Ahead of the left peg is a sequential foot shifter. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Honda CRF50F Is the Quintessential Starter Dirt Bike," 28 Nov. 2018 The midpoint of that outlook would represent a plunge of 24% from the first quarter, which would be Micron’s largest sequential drop in a decade. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Micron Brings Back Painful Memories," 18 Dec. 2018 The stingray bot is composed of four sequential layers of material. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "This Swimming Stingray Robot Is Powered by Real, Living Rat Cells," 7 July 2016 The transmission in this case is a Sadev six-speed sequential, with a pneumatic paddle shift system. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 Barnes & Noble reported sequential improvement in comparable sales in the past few months, with the metric falling 0.8% in August. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Barnes & Noble Sales Slide Continues as It Looks to Stabilize Business," 6 Sep. 2018 Tiles have numbers and suits, which can be combined into winning hands through sets of either matching numbers or suited numerically sequential tiles, just like in gin rummy. Jeff Yang, Vox, "The symbolism of Crazy Rich Asians’ pivotal mahjong scene, explained," 20 Aug. 2018 Can’t wait to be queen Other species exhibit a type of hermaphroditism that is sequential, rather than simultaneous. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of sequential

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sequential

: of, relating to, or arranged in a particular order or sequence
: happening in a series or sequence


se·​quen·​tial | \ si-ˈkwen-chəl\

Medical Definition of sequential

1 : occurring as a sequela of disease or injury
2 : of, relating to, forming, or taken or administered in a sequence sequential chemotherapy

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to set apart or to segregate

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