• Sequence


    • IPA: /ˈsikwÉ™ns/, /ˈsikwÉ›ns/


    From Middle English sequence, from Old French sequence ("a sequence of cards, answering verses"), from Late Latin sequentia ("a following"), from Latin sequens ("following"), from sequi ("to follow"); see sequent.

    Full definition of sequence



    (plural sequences)
    1. A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
    2. 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).
    3. 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.
    4. (mathematics) An ordered list of objects.
    5. (now rare) A subsequent event; a consequence or result.
      • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, pp. 12-13:he found no words to convey the impressions he had received; then he gave way to the anger always the sequence of the antagonism of opinion between them.
    6. A series of shots that depict a single action or style in a film, television show etc.
      • 2012, April 26, Tasha Robinson, Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits : , What follows is a bunch of nonstop goofery involving chase sequences, dream sequences, fast-changing costumes and an improbable beard, a little musical help from Flight Of The Conchords, and ultimately a very physical confrontation with a surprisingly spry Victoria.
    7. (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.

    Usage notes

    (mathematics) Beginning students often confuse sequence with series.


    1. (transitive) to arrange in an order
    2. (transitive) to determine the order of things, especially of amino acids in a protein, or of bases in a nucleic acid
    3. (transitive) to produce (music) with a sequencer
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