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serial

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adjective se·ri·al \ˈsir-ē-əl\

Definition of serial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, consisting of, or arranged in a series, rank, or row serial order

  2. 2 :  appearing in successive parts or numbers a serial story

  3. 3 :  belonging to a series maturing periodically rather than on a single date serial bonds

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or being music based on a series of tones in a chosen pattern without regard for traditional tonality

  5. 5a :  performing a series of similar acts over a period of time a serial killerb :  occurring in or involving such a series a serial murder

  6. 6 :  relating to or being a connection in a computer system in which the bits of a byte are transmitted sequentially over a single wire — compare parallel

serially

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of serial in a sentence

  1. The pictures are numbered and arranged in serial order.

  2. Scientists made serial observations over a period of two weeks.

1823

First Known Use of serial

1823


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serial

noun se·ri·al

Definition of serial

  1. 1a :  a work appearing (as in a magazine or on television) in parts at intervalsb :  one part of a serial work :  installment

  2. 2 :  a publication (such as a newspaper or journal) issued as one of a consecutively numbered and indefinitely continued series

Examples of serial in a sentence

  1. the university library has a vast collection of serials

1834

First Known Use of serial

1834


SERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

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serial

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adjective se·ri·al \ˈsir-ē-əl\

Definition of serial for English Language Learners

  • : arranged or happening in a series

  • of a crime : committed many times usually in the same way

  • of a criminal : committing a series of crimes


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serial

noun se·ri·al

Definition of serial for English Language Learners

  • : a story that is broadcast on television or radio or that is published in a magazine in separate parts over a period of time


SERIAL Defined for Kids

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serial

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adjective se·ri·al \ˈsir-ē-əl\

Definition of serial for Students

  1. :  arranged in or appearing in parts or numbers that follow a regular order a serial story


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serial

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noun se·ri·al

Definition of serial for Students

  1. :  a story appearing (as in a magazine or on television) in parts at regular intervals



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