Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
  • n. 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).
  • n. 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.
  • n. An ordered list of objects.
  • n. A subsequent event; a consequence or result.
  • n. A series of shots that depict a single action or style in a film, television show etc.
  • n. A meld consisting of three or more cards of successive ranks in the same suit, such as the four, five and six of hearts.
  • v. to arrange in an order
  • v. to determine the order of things, especially of amino acids in a protein, or of bases in a nucleic acid
  • v. to produce (music) with a sequencer

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being sequent; succession; order of following; arrangement.
  • n. That which follows or succeeds as an effect; sequel; consequence; result.
  • n. Simple succession, or the coming after in time, without asserting or implying causative energy.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A melodic phrase or passage successively repeated one tone higher; a rosalia.
  • n. 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.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. the specific order of any linear arrangement of items.
  • transitive v. to determine the sequence of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A following or coming after; connection of consequent to antecedent in order of time or of thought; succession.
  • n. order of succession or following in time or in logical arrangement; arrangement; order.
  • n. An instance of uniformity in successive following.
  • n. 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.”
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A musical setting of a liturgical prose or sequence.
  • n. In mathematics, an infinite set of numbers or objects arranged so that every one has a definite numbered position.

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

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The next New Adventure in sequence is Paul Cornell's Love and War, which I read a year and a half ago (and greatly enjoyed); but I shall skip it for now and go on to Ben Aaronovitch's Transit - I am not a particular fan of Aaronovitch's writing, but let's see if this will bring me round.

    April Books 6) Nightshade, by Mark Gatiss

  • Perhaps most important, MTVhive.com has launched another new program, "Weird Vibes," that flaunts MTV's vintage format: music videos, interviews with indie and underground artists, and a title sequence lifted right out of 1986.

    Music Television Makes Online Bet

  • I bought a Colt 1991A1 with the Serial Numbers in sequence from the old Colt Model 1911A1 my grandfather had (mine was about 20,000 higher in sequence from his)

    Anyone know what knife this is?

  • It's a common occurrence: you buy a box set of a show you fondly yet vaguely remember, then, after you've got the buzz of seeing the title sequence again and reacquainted yourself with the characters, you find that maybe the whole series wasn't as good as your rose-tinted vision had you believe.

    This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

  • The title sequence made it sure that they're not altogether happy it's still called "Cougar Town" Tue., 8:30 p.m.

    'Cougar Town' Premiere: The Gang Sets Jules Up For A Big Surprise (VIDEO)

  • It's the sort of series that's not iconic enough to get the full-blown treatment but the hardcore fans who like it can only be disappointed by the decent but not great prints used, the failure to include the full and appropriate theme songs for each season the title sequence changed and so on.

    Michael Giltz: DVDs: "West Side Story" (Almost) Perfect In New BluRay Set

  • Like trailers and film scores, the title sequence is a worthy subject for exploration.

    Michael Giltz: DVDs: Should Charlie Sheen Have Made "Born On The Fourth Of July?"

  • Animation artist David Lewandowski, who designed the title sequence for 'TRON: LEGACY,' directed the short film and set it to the song "Little Ships" by Jacques Perrey.

    'Easywalker:' Naked Mannequin Parades Around Los Angeles

  • Starting with a cameo by one of Abrams' Lost alums that gets the McGuffin moving literally, in this case, things quickly takes off, pausing only briefly for a title sequence that nicely homages the TV show's intro each week with a montage of context-free clips from that episode, cut to Lalo Schifrin's propulsive music.

    Zaki Hasan: Zaki's Review: Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol

  • I was taking pictures of the crew because Stanley had an idea he would use them for the title sequence, but he didn't in the end.

    Photographer Dmitri Kasterine's best shot

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