- Sequence is a specific order in which things occur.
An example of a sequence is a TV show with a beginning, middle and end.
- the following of one thing after another in chronological, causal, or logical order; succession or continuity
- the order in which this occurs
- a continuous or related series, often of uniform things: a sonnet sequence
- three or more playing cards in unbroken order in the same suit; run
- a resulting event; consequence; sequel
- Biochem. the linear order of bases in a nucleic acid or of amino acids in a protein
- Math. an ordered set of quantities or elements
- Film a succession of scenes constituting a single, uninterrupted episode
- Music the repetition of a melodic pattern in the same voice part but at different pitch levels
Origin of sequenceME < ML sequentia < LL(Ec), used as transl. of Gr(Ec) akolouthia, a succession of notes on the last syllable of the alleluia: see acolyteR.C.Ch. a hymn coming immediately before the Gospel in certain Masses
Origin of sequenceMiddle French ; from Late Latin a following ; from Classical Latin sequens: see sequent
- A following of one thing after another; succession.
- An order of succession; an arrangement.
- A related or continuous series. See Synonyms at series.
- Games Three or more playing cards in consecutive order; a run.
- A series of related shots that constitute a complete unit of action in a movie.
- Music A melodic or harmonic pattern successively repeated at different pitches with or without a key change.
- Roman Catholic Church A hymn sung between the gradual and the Gospel.
- Mathematics An ordered set of quantities, as x, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4.
- Biochemistry The order of constituents in a polymer, especially the order of nucleotides in a nucleic acid or of the amino acids in a protein.
transitive verbse·quenced, se·quenc·ing, se·quenc·es
- To organize or arrange in a sequence.
- To determine the order of constituents in (a polymer, such as a nucleic acid or protein molecule).
Origin of sequenceMiddle English, a type of hymn, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sequentia, hymn, that which follows (from its following the alleluia), from Late Latin, from Latin sequēns, sequent-, present participle of sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
- A series of musical phrases where a theme or melody is repeated, with some change each time, such as in pitch or length (example: opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony).
- A musical composition used in some Catholic Masses between the readings. The most famous sequence is the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) formerly used in funeral services.
- (mathematics) An ordered list of objects.
- (now rare) A subsequent event; a consequence or result.
- A series of shots that depict a single action or style in a film, television show etc.
- (card games) A meld consisting of three or more cards of successive ranks in the same suit, such as the four, five and six of hearts.
- (mathematics): Beginning students often confuse sequence with series.
(third-person singular simple present sequences, present participle sequencing, simple past and past participle sequenced)