series

noun, often attributive
se·​ries | \ ˈsir-(ˌ)ēz \
plural series

Definition of series

1a : a number of things or events of the same class coming one after another in spatial or temporal succession a concert series the hall opened into a series of small rooms
b : a set of regularly presented television programs each of which is complete in itself
2 : the indicated sum of a usually infinite sequence of numbers
3a : the coins or currency of a particular country and period
b : a group of postage stamps in different denominations
4 : a succession of volumes or issues published with related subjects or authors, similar format and price, or continuous numbering
5 : a division of rock formations that is smaller than a system and comprises rocks deposited during an epoch
6 : a group of chemical compounds related in composition and structure
7 : an arrangement of the parts of or elements in an electric circuit whereby the whole current passes through each part or element without branching — compare parallel
8 : a set of vowels connected by ablaut (such as i, a, u in ring, rang, rung)
9 : a number of games (as of baseball) played usually on consecutive days between two teams in town for a 3-game series
10 : a group of successive coordinate sentence elements joined together
12 : three consecutive games in bowling
in series
: in a serial or series arrangement

Examples of series in a Sentence

a five-part series on the history of baseball a series of articles on global warming The Yankees played a three-game series against the Red Sox last week. The play-off series between the two teams begins next week.
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In late 2017, a number of diplomats and related personnel working at the embassy in Cuba suffered a series of bizarre health problems, including concussions and brain damage. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Were the Cuban Embassy Sonic Attacks Actually Just Crickets?," 9 Jan. 2019 While it's believed that the first settlers were the Amerindian Arawaks some 6,000 years ago, the nation spent the last few centuries colonized by a series of European countries. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 To take advantage of this, the Sims facility has a series of optical scanners. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Worked with a bunch of startups over time and eventually a series of events happened. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018 The next installment of the series The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle will also be arriving, as will the critical favorite Eighth Grade. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in January," 30 Dec. 2018 Over the course of the series, an uneasy alliance develops, as her intellect and insight into the serial-killer nature prove to be invaluable. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Luther is back and as broody as ever in new trailer for fifth season," 29 Nov. 2018 Fans have been speculating about a Riverdale x The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina crossover episode since before the new series even went into production. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Did You Miss Jughead's Appearance In 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?'," 30 Oct. 2018 In the middle of the last century, the long gallery had been partitioned into three spaces by architect Sir Albert Richardson as part of a series of alterations. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of series

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for series

Latin, from serere to join, link together; akin to Greek eirein to string together, hormos chain, necklace, and perhaps to Latin sort-, sors lot

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series

noun

English Language Learners Definition of series

: a number of things or events that are arranged or happen one after the other

: a set of regularly presented television shows involving the same group of characters or the same subject

: a set of books, articles, etc., that involve the same group of characters or the same subject

series

noun
se·​ries | \ ˈsir-ēz \
plural series

Kids Definition of series

: a number of things or events arranged in order and connected by being alike in some way the third book in the series On either side of the rut were a series of ledges.— Louis Sachar, Holes

series

noun
se·​ries | \ ˈsi(ə)r-(ˌ)ēz \
plural series

Medical Definition of series

1 : a number of things or events of the same class coming one after another in spatial or temporal succession described a new series of cases
2 : a group of specimens or types progressively differing from each other in some morphological or physiological attribute a series of antitoxins
3 : a group of chemical compounds related in composition and structure

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