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 roomsb : 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 periodb : 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)
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.
Recent Examples of series from the Web
Take The Walking Dead, the AMC series that is nearing its eighth season.
Conover said another goal of the series was to feature musicians from Price Hill.
The developers plan a series of trails so residents can walk from the complex to neighboring properties, which the county is requiring as part of their plan.
A weeklong series dedicated to skewering the traditions, expectations, and psychodrama that surround wedding season.
The next installment of the beloved FX series is still a big (possibly honey-filled?) mystery at this point.
That question is the topic of discussion at a series of meetings over the next two weeks that school district officials are having with parents of current Lincoln students and the parents of potential students.
Competitors try to get through a series of complex obstacles with names like Salmon Ladder and Warped Wall that require tremendous strength, agility, balance and timing.
The Birmingham Barons begin a five-game series at home Wednesday night against the Jackson Generals, Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
SERIES Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of series for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of series for Students
: 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
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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