Serial definition

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Of, arranged in, or forming a series.

Serial numbers.

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Relating to or engaging in a series of similar acts or behaviors.

Serial arson; a serial procrastinator.

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A literary or dramatic work published or produced in installments.
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Committing an act, usually a criminal act, repeatedly and, typically, compulsively.

A serial murderer.

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Appearing, published, issued, etc. in a series or succession of continuous parts at regular intervals.
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Of a serial or serials.

Serial rights to a novel.

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Of or relating to the sequential performance of multiple operations.

Serial processing.

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Of or for the transmission of a byte of data one bit at a time, over a single wire.

A serial port.

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Of, forming, or arranged in a series.
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Having to do with the performing of multiple operations one after the other.

Serial processing.

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Designating or of a technique of composition in which various components of music, as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, etc., are arranged in an arbitrary order (a row or set) which serves as a basis for development.
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A periodical publication.
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A novel, story, film, etc. published or presented in serial form.
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Any of the separate parts or episodes.
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Having to do with or arranged in a series.

The serial killer had a string of victims across seven states.

He was a serial entrepreneur, always coming up with a new way to make cash.

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Published or produced in installments.
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A work, as a work of fiction, published in installments, often numbered and without a specified end.
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(computing, slang) A serial number required to activate software.

Go to these sites for serials, cracks and keygens.

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The definition of a serial is something written or performed in parts.

An example of a serial is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

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Serial describes something that forms a series or is produced in multiple parts.

An example of a serial book is The Magician's Nephew as part of the series Chronicles of Narnia.

An example of a serial crime is someone repeatedly robbing five banks in the same way within a year.

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(music) Relating to or based on a row of tones, especially the 12 pitches of the chromatic scale.
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Published or produced in installments, as a novel or television drama.
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Relating to such publication or production.
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Of or relating to the sequential transmission of all the bits of a byte over one wire.

A serial port; a serial printer.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
serial
Plural:
serials

Origin of serial

  • 1840, in reference to the books of Charles Dickens (published in sequential parts, as a series). Formed as series +"Ž -al, on model of Latin seriālis, from seriÄ“s + -ālis.

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to Italian seriale.

    From Wiktionary