se·​quen·​tial | \ si-ˈkwen(t)-shəl How to pronounce sequential (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sequentially (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Listed now at $649.99, this dishwasher uses a PowerWave™ Spray Arm with sequential jets to sweep dishes from not just one but two sides for 80 percent more coverage. Mark Heim |, al, "Post July 4 deal: Sears’ appliance sale of up to 40 percent off ends today," 7 July 2020 Previously they were done in batches that began with a combination such as CFY or AYH followed by sequential numerals. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona has made a subtle but significant change to its license plates. Have you noticed?," 17 June 2020 In a sequential lung transplant, the patient will rely on the use of one lung during the surgery. Korin Miller,, "US Doctors Perform 1st COVID-19 Double Lung Transplant. Will it Become a Potential Treatment for Severe Cases?," 12 June 2020 Sales in the quarter fell for the first time in at least 11 quarters on both an annual and sequential basis, according to FactSet. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Still Some Loose Ends at Stitch Fix," 9 June 2020 All that power is sent rearward through a sequential six-speed gearbox. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "830+-HP Lamborghini SCV12 Will Be the Most Powerful V-12 Lambo," 23 June 2020 On Tuesday, stocks soared after the U.S. reported a record 17.7% sequential increase in retail sales in the month of May, far exceeding consensus economist estimates of 8% growth. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "Stocks see a lift from retail even as COVID-19 cases rise in some states," 20 June 2020 This game took place in Chicago, but the Red Sox mirrored their opponents in playing the song in the sequential games. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "'I don't think it's appropriate' to play the US national anthem at professional sporting events, says Bruce Arena," 19 June 2020 The two-rotor Wankel engine's intake charge is boosted by two sequential turbos. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of sequential

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jul 2020

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“Sequential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce sequential (audio)

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

Other Words from sequential

sequential noun

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