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serial

adjective se·ri·al \ ˈsir-ē-əl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of serial

1 :of, relating to, consisting of, or arranged in a series, rank, or row
  • serial order
2 :appearing in successive parts or numbers
  • a serial story
3 :belonging to a series maturing periodically rather than on a single date
  • serial bonds
4 :of, relating to, or being music based on a series of tones in a chosen pattern without regard for traditional tonality
5 a :performing a series of similar acts over a period of time
  • a serial killer
b :occurring in or involving such a series
  • a serial murder
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 \ˈsir-ē-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.

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First Known Use of serial

1823

serial Synonyms


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serial

noun

Definition of serial

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

Recent Examples of serial from the Web

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First Known Use of serial

1834


SERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

serial

adjective

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


serial

noun

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

adjective se·ri·al \ ˈsir-ē-əl \

Definition of serial for Students

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

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serial

noun

Definition of serial for Students

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


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