from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A following of one thing after another; succession.
  • noun An order of succession; an arrangement.
  • noun A related or continuous series. synonym: series.
  • noun Games Three or more playing cards in consecutive order; a run.
  • noun A series of related shots that constitute a complete unit of action in a movie.
  • noun Music A melodic or harmonic pattern successively repeated at different pitches with or without a key change.
  • noun Roman Catholic Church A hymn sung between the gradual and the Gospel.
  • noun Mathematics An ordered set of quantities, as x, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4.
  • noun 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 verb To organize or arrange in a sequence.
  • transitive verb To determine the order of constituents in (a polymer, such as a nucleic acid or protein molecule).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A musical setting of a liturgical prose or sequence.
  • noun In mathematics, an infinite set of numbers or objects arranged so that every one has a definite numbered position.
  • noun A following or coming after; connection of consequent to antecedent in order of time or of thought; succession.
  • noun order of succession or following in time or in logical arrangement; arrangement; order.
  • noun An instance of uniformity in successive following.
  • noun A series of things following in a certain order, as a set of cards (three or more) immediately following one after another in order of value, as king, queen, knave, etc.; specifically, in poker, a “straight.”
  • noun In music, a series of melodic or harmonic phrases or groups repeated three or more times at successive pitches upward or downward, usually without modulation or chromatic deviation from the key.
  • noun In liturgics, a hymn in rhythmical prose or in accentual meter sung in the Western Church after the gradual (whence the name) and before the gospel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Biochem.) to determine the sequence of.
  • noun The state of being sequent; succession; order of following; arrangement.
  • noun That which follows or succeeds as an effect; sequel; consequence; result.
  • noun (Philos.) Simple succession, or the coming after in time, without asserting or implying causative energy.
  • noun Any succession of chords (or harmonic phrase) rising or falling by the regular diatonic degrees in the same scale; a succession of similar harmonic steps.
  • noun A melodic phrase or passage successively repeated one tone higher; a rosalia.
  • noun (R.C.Ch.) A hymn introduced in the Mass on certain festival days, and recited or sung immediately before the gospel, and after the gradual or introit, whence the name.
  • noun (Whist) Three or more cards of the same suit in immediately consecutive order of value; as, ace, king, and queen; or knave, ten, nine, and eight.
  • noun (Poker) All five cards, of a hand, in consecutive order as to value, but not necessarily of the same suit; when of one suit, it is called a sequence flush.
  • noun the specific order of any linear arrangement of items.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
  • noun 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).
  • noun 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.
  • noun mathematics An ordered list of objects.
  • noun A subsequent event; a consequence or result.
  • noun A series of shots that depict a single action or style in a film, television show etc.
  • noun 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.
  • verb transitive to arrange in an order
  • verb transitive to determine the order of things, especially of amino acids in a protein, or of bases in a nucleic acid
  • verb transitive to produce (music) with a sequencer

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the action of following in order
  • noun serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern
  • noun a following of one thing after another in time
  • noun film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie
  • verb determine the order of constituents in
  • verb arrange in a sequence
  • noun several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle 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- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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