Meaning of SERIAL in English

SERIAL

/ ˈsɪəriəl; NAmE ˈsɪr-/ noun , adjective

■ noun

a story on television or the radio, or in a magazine, that is broadcast or published in several separate parts

■ adjective

1.

[ usually before noun ] ( technical ) arranged in a series :

tasks carried out in the same serial order

2.

[ only before noun ] doing the same thing in the same way several times :

a serial rapist

3.

[ only before noun ] ( of a story, etc. ) broadcast or published in several separate parts :

a novel in serial form

►  seri·al·ly / -iəli; NAmE / adverb

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 19th cent.: from series + -al , perhaps suggested by French sérial .

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