se·​quen·​tial | \ si-ˈkwen(t)-shəl How to pronounce sequential (audio) \

Definition of sequential

1 : of, relating to, or arranged in a sequence : serial sequential file systems
2 : following in sequence
3 : relating to or based on a method of testing a statistical hypothesis that involves examination of a sequence of samples for each of which the decision is made to accept or reject the hypothesis or to continue sampling

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sequentially \ si-​ˈkwen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sequential (audio) \ adverb

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Things in sequence, or regular order, are arranged sequentially. Most novels and films move sequentially, but some use techniques such as flashbacks that interrupt the movement forward in time. Sequential courses in college must follow each other in the proper order, just like sequential tasks or steps.

Examples of sequential in a Sentence

Put the cards in sequential order. explained that if the two required algebra semesters weren't sequential, the students would likely forget the material
Recent Examples on the Web Revenue is also likely to rise by about 13% on a sequential basis. Trefis Team, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, Pinterest’s second-quarter report showed the image-sharing platform lost 24 million monthly active users on a sequential basis, casting doubt on that platform’s ability to meaningfully grow its own user base in the near term. Laura Forman, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 In ICUs, rationing decisions are often made based on a score called SOFA, or sequential organ failure assessment, which aims to predict patient mortality. Ashley Abramson,, 5 Oct. 2021 The concert film will feature Eilish performing each song in sequential order from the stage of the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2021 The Emira race car will come with a 6-speed sequential transmission from Xtrac and brake discs and calipers from Alcon. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 8 Sep. 2021 On this note, Gottlieb told me that the CDC historically uses a sequential process to develop and produce diagnostic tests, a process that works for outbreaks such as the Zika virus which spreads slowly via bloodborne pathogens. Bill Frist, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 As of the end of Q2, HBO and HBO Max had 47.0 million U.S. subscribers, up 29% year over year and a sequential net gain of 2.85 million. Todd Spangler, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 Decomposing the sphere with sequential rotations, like counting off natural numbers, creates a more manageable workspace — a more manageable infinity than the uncountable one plaguing the initial sphere. Quanta Magazine, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sequential

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sequential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sequential

: of, relating to, or arranged in a particular order or sequence
: happening in a series or sequence


se·​quen·​tial | \ si-ˈkwen-chəl \

Medical Definition of sequential

1 : occurring as a sequela of disease or injury
2 : of, relating to, forming, or taken or administered in a sequence sequential chemotherapy

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