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

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In addition to orchestras, concert bands, chamber groups, and choirs, there were sequential classes in theory, private lessons on a student's primary instrument, piano instruction, and instrumental techniques classes. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 Many comic artists showcased their sequential art, while vendors hawked toys ranging from thumb-size Lego Minifigures to foot-tall custom action figures that would do the original G.I. Joe proud. René A. Guzman,, "Celebrity Fan Fest brings the big-screen geekdom to Freeman Coliseum," 15 June 2019 Suppose West looks at his sequential club holding and leads the jack. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 18, 2019," 18 June 2019 By 1999, moviegoers looking for something adapted from sequential art had their choice of exactly one film: Mystery Men, an ensemble comedy with a peripheral connection to an oddity called Flaming Carrot Comics. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution," 7 June 2019 Intel said the new Optane Memory M15 will reach sequential read speeds of 2,000 MBps, with writes hitting 900MBps. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel's 2nd-gen Optane Memory M15 upgrades storage performance speeds," 29 May 2019 The sequential improvement showed up in Wayfair’s free cash flow—from negative $58.8 million in the third quarter to negative $23.2 million in the fourth quarter. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Wayfair Firms Up a Bit but Could Still Be Rickety," 22 Feb. 2019 The 2010 Ford Mustang’s unique sequential rear turn signal uses an automotive LED system. Bob Weber,, "Do drivers not use their blinkers anymore or are they low on blinker fluid?," 24 June 2017 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

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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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