from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, forming, or arranged in a series.
- adj. Published or produced in installments, as a novel or television drama.
- adj. Relating to such publication or production.
- adj. Responsible for a series of usually criminal acts over a period of time: a serial arsonist.
- adj. Music Relating to or based on a row of tones, especially the 12 pitches of the chromatic scale.
- adj. Computer Science Of or relating to the sequential transmission of all the bits of a byte over one wire: a serial port; a serial printer.
- adj. Computer Science Of or relating to the sequential performance of multiple operations: serial processing.
- n. A literary or dramatic work published or produced in installments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having to do with or arranged in a series.
- adj. Published or produced in installments.
- n. A work, as a work of fiction, published in installments, often numbered and without a specified end.
- n. A serial number required to activate software.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a series; consisting of a series; appearing in successive parts or numbers.
- adj. Of or pertaining to rows.
- n. A publication appearing in a series or succession of part; a tale, or other writing, published in successive numbers of a periodical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Arranged or disposed in a series, rank, or row, as several like things set one after another; placed seriatim; successive, as beads on a string. Also seriate.
- Characterized by or exhibiting serial arrangement; having the nature or quality of a series; of or pertaining to series: as, serial homology (see homology).
- Published at regularly recurring or successive times; periodical, as a publication; pertaining to a serial.
- n. A tale or other composition published in successive numbers of a periodical.
- n. A work or publication issued in successive numbers; a periodical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a periodical that appears at scheduled times
- adj. pertaining to or composed in serial technique
- adj. in regular succession without gaps
- n. a serialized set of programs
- adj. of or relating to the sequential performance of multiple operations
- adj. pertaining to or occurring in or producing a series
1840, in reference to the books of Charles Dickens (published in sequential parts, as a series). Formed as series + -al, on model of Latin seriālis, from seriēs + -ālis. (Wiktionary)