An example of series is the set of Harry Potter books.
- a group or number of similar or related things arranged in a row: a series of arches
- a group or number of related or similar persons, things, or events coming one after another; sequence; succession
- a number of things produced as a related group; set, as of books or television programs, related in subject, format, etc., or dealing with the same characters
- Bowling a set of three consecutive games
- Elec. an arrangement of devices in a circuit, in which the current flows sequentially through a series of components: used chiefly in the phrase in series
- Geol. a subdivision of a system of stratified rocks, consisting of the rocks laid down during a geologic epoch
- Math. the sum of a sequence, often infinite, of terms usually separated by plus signs or minus signs (Ex.: 1 + 3 + 5 + 7)
- Rhetoric a group of successive coordinate elements of a sentence
Origin of seriesClassical Latin from serere, to join or weave together from Indo-European base an unverified form ser-, to line up, join from source Classical Greek eirein, to join together, Old English searu, a snare, armor, Old Norse sørvi, necklace
- A number of objects or events arranged or coming one after the other in succession.
- A set of stamps, coins, or currency issued in a particular period.
- Physics & Chemistry A group of objects related by linearly varying successive differences in form or configuration: a radioactive decay series; the paraffin alkane series.
- Mathematics The sum of a sequentially ordered finite or infinite set of terms.
- Geology A group of rock formations closely related in time of origin and distinct as a group from other formations.
- Grammar A succession of coordinate elements in a sentence.
- a. A succession of publications that present an extended narrative, such as a comic book series, or that have similar subjects or similar formats, such as a series of cookbooks.b. A succession of individual programs presented as parts of a unified whole, such as the set of episodes of a television show or a podcast.
- a. Sports A number of games played by the same two teams, often in succession.b. Baseball The World Series.
- Linguistics A set of vowels or diphthongs related by ablaut, as in sing, sang, sung, and song.
Origin of seriesLatin seriēs from serere to join ; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Series is both a singular and a plural form. When it has the singular sense of “one set,” it takes a singular verb, even when series is followed by of and a plural noun: A series of lectures is scheduled. When it has the plural sense of “two or more sets,” it takes a plural verb: Two series of lectures are scheduled: one for experts and one for laypeople.
- A number of things that follow on one after the other or are connected one after the other.
- A series of seemingly inconsequential events led cumulatively to the fall of the company.
- (US, Canada) A television or radio program which consists of several episodes that are broadcast in regular intervals
- Friends was one of the most successful television series in recent years.
- (UK) A group of episodes of a television or radio program broadcast in regular intervals with a long break between each group, usually with one year between the beginning of each.
- The third series of Friends aired from 1996 to 1997.
- (mathematics) The sum of the terms of a sequence.
- The harmonic series has been much studied.
- (cricket, baseball) A group of matches between two sides, with the aim being to win more matches than the opposition.
- The Blue Jays are playing the Yankees in a four-game series.
- (biology) An unranked taxon.
- In the United Kingdom, television and radio programs (spelt in Commonwealth English as "programmes") are divided into series, which are usually a year long. In North America, the word "series" is a synonym of "program", and programs are divided into year-long seasons.
- (mathematics): Beginning students often confuse series with sequence.
- (electronics) Connected one after the other in a circuit.
- You have to connect the lights in series for them to work properly.
From Latin series, from serere (“to join together, bind").