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
The government is expected to take an incremental step toward changing that Thursday when Cuba’s National Assembly approves a series of documents updating the country’s economic reform plan and laying out long-term goals through 2030.
Mrs. May, who prides herself on a straight-talking veracity and a more compassionate form of conservatism than the other Iron Lady, has come under criticism for a series of U-turns.
The series at the Del Mar Racetrack will open with a July 21 concert by San Diego reggae band Tribal Seeds and conclude with a Sept. 3 performance by EDM favorite Steve Aoki.
Ben Zobrist will return to the Cubs' lineup Monday afternoon for their series opener against the Padres.
The Defiant Ones, a four-part docu-series, will premiere on HBO July 9.
Strategic Review Gorkov said in a statement issued by Vnesheconombank earlier this year that his meeting with Kushner was one of a series of meetings with foreign business leaders as part of a strategic review in 2016.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in the 2017 NBA Finals, their third straight meeting in the championship series.
The newcomer brings a number of exciting bits to LG's range-topping G series, headed by a 5.7-inch display with an innovative 18:9 ratio, wireless charging, and IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.
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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: 1611
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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