series

noun, often attributive
se·​ries | \ ˈsir-(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce series (audio) \
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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The book about his father was progressing fitfully, if at all, but HBO had expressed interest in adapting it as a series. Thomas Beller, Los Angeles Times, "The joys and heartbreak of my 20-year friendship with poet-songwriter David Berman," 12 Aug. 2019 Bates and his student Yue Li conducted a series of studies in a group of more than 600 Chinese students. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Debate Arises over Teaching “Growth Mindsets” to Motivate Students," 12 Aug. 2019 Right now, though, the simplest explanation seems like the most persuasive one: Epstein wanted out, and a series of screwups allowed him to beat the system, again. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Mysterious Deaths of the Rich and Ruined," 12 Aug. 2019 Former jail warden Cameron Lindsay told the paper officials made a series of mistakes in Epstein's case. Fox News, "Guards in Jeffrey Epstein's jail unit were working substantial overtime shifts before his death, reports say," 12 Aug. 2019 The incident comes after a series of massive explosions earlier last week at a Siberian military depot killed one and injured 13, as well as forcing the evacuation of 16,500 people from their homes. Author: Jake Rudnitsky, Stepan Kravchenko, Anchorage Daily News, "Small nuclear reactor blew up in accident that killed five scientists, Russia says," 12 Aug. 2019 The show adapts Rick Riordan's best-selling novel, a series of young-adult adventures that also spawned a successful film franchise. Brent Lang, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical’ gets Broadway run," 12 Aug. 2019 The incident comes after a series of massive explosions earlier last week at a Siberian military depot killed one and injured 13, as well as forcing the evacuation of 16,500 people from their homes. Jake Rudnitsky And Stepan Kravchenko / Bloomberg, Time, "Russia Says Small Nuclear Reactor Blew Up in Deadly Accident," 12 Aug. 2019 Previously, Universal put a temporary halt on marketing for the film following a series of mass shootings. NBC News, "Universal Pictures cancels release of movie 'The Hunt' after mass shootings," 10 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce series (audio) \
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 How to pronounce series (audio) \
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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