series

noun, often attributive se·ries \ ˈsir-(ˌ)ēz \

Definition of series

plural series
1 a :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
3 a :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

  1. a five-part series on the history of baseball

  2. a series of articles on global warming

  3. The Yankees played a three-game series against the Red Sox last week.

  4. The play-off series between the two teams begins next week.

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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

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SERIES Defined for English Language Learners

series

noun

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

series

noun se·ries \ ˈsir-ēz \

Definition of series for Students

plural 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

Medical Dictionary

series

noun se·ries \ ˈsi(ə)r-(ˌ)ēz \

medical Definition of series

plural 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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