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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sequentially \ si-​ˈkwen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sequential (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 Decomposing the sphere with sequential rotations, like counting off natural numbers, creates a more manageable workspace — a more manageable infinity than the uncountable one plaguing the initial sphere. Quanta Magazine, 26 Aug. 2021 The therapy includes four sequential injections -- one in the back of both arms and two shots in the abdomen. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, 24 Aug. 2021 As recently as November, the sequential monthly rate of increase in euro area industrial producer prices (excluding energy) was stuck at around 0.1 percent—more or less unchanged from pre-pandemic levels. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 18 May 2021 That wasn’t the case for all smaller social-media players: Snap has continued to grow its North American users on a sequential basis in each of the last three quarters. Laura Forman, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2021 This process has typically been very sequential, with many starts and stops between development stages and multiple handoffs between various internal departments, external vendors and subject matter experts. Gjergj Demiraj, Forbes, 17 May 2021 On Wednesday, Facebook reiterated its expectations for revenue to slow significantly on a sequential basis in the back half of the year. Laura Forman, WSJ, 28 July 2021 Moreover, in Hupp's dresser was a $100 bill that was a sequential match to four of the bills in Gumpenberger's pocket. Jeff Truesdell,, 13 July 2021 As for the polysilicon business, soaring selling prices will most likely have pushed earnings firmly back into positive terrain, and significant sequential margin expansion is expected to continue into 2Q, according to the investment bank. WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sequential

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sequential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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