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 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • transitive verb (Biochem.) to determine the sequence of.

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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