Meaning of SERIES in English



1. a series of events, things, numbers, people etc

2. a series of television programmes, books etc

3. happening or doing something in a series


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1. a series of events, things, numbers, people etc

▷ series /ˈsɪ ə riːz/ [singular noun]

several things that happen one after the other :

▪ What is the next number in the series -- 12, 24, 48, 96?

series of

▪ There has been a series of accidents on the M25.

▪ The orchestra is giving a series of concerts to raise money for charity.

▪ Police smashed a major drugs ring after a series of dawn raids.

▷ sequence /ˈsiːkwəns/ [countable noun usually singular]

the order in which events or actions follow one another, or the order in which they are supposed to follow one another :

▪ The keys have to be turned in a particular sequence to open the safe.

sequence of

▪ The sequence of movements for this particular dance is quite difficult to learn.

sequence of events

▪ The report detailed the sequence of events that led to the oil spill.

in sequence

▪ The chairs are numbered in sequence.

▷ string of /ˈstrɪŋ ɒv/ [noun phrase]

a series of similar events that happen very close together, or a group of similar things that exist or are found very close together :

▪ O'Neill had a string of successes with his first four plays.

▪ a string of tiny islands off the coast of Florida

▪ Jackson was imprisoned in 1934 for a string of sensational crimes.

▷ succession /səkˈseʃ ə n/ [singular noun]

a number of events, relationships, people etc following closely after each other, especially when it is bad that there have been so many of them :

succession of

▪ The project has had a succession of legal problems.

▪ Like many rich kids, Georgie was raised by a succession of underpaid nannies.

in succession

▪ We lost four important games in succession.

▷ chain of events also train of events British /ˌtʃeɪn əv ɪˈvents, ˌtreɪn əv ɪˈvents/ [noun phrase]

a series of events, especially a series in which each thing that happens causes the next one to happen :

▪ The 6 month trial focused on the chain of events leading to the murder.

▪ The book details the train of events that led to the outbreak of the First World War.

▷ stream of /ˈstriːm ɒv/ [noun phrase]

a long and almost continuous series of events, people, objects etc that follow closely after each other :

stream of of

▪ Guides take the non-stop stream of visitors around the castle.

in an endless stream

continuously, in large numbers

▪ Refugees were pouring across the border in an endless stream.

▷ catalogue of failures/disasters/errors etc also catalog American /ˌkætəlɒg əv ˈfeɪljəʳzǁ-lɔːg-/ [noun phrase]

a series of failures, disasters etc that happen one after the other and never seem to stop :

▪ The bombing is the latest addition to the catalogue of terrorist crimes.

▪ The official report into the disaster points up a whole catalog of errors and oversights.

▷ course of drugs/treatment/injections /ˌkɔːʳs əv ˈdrʌgz, ˈtriːtmənt, ɪnˈdʒekʃ ə nz/ [noun phrase]

a planned process of medical treatment, consisting of a series of regular amounts of treatment, drugs etc over a fixed period :

▪ Europeans usually need to have a course of injections before travelling to India.

▪ The disease can be easily cured with a simple course of antibiotics.

2. a series of television programmes, books etc

▷ series /ˈsɪ ə riːz/ [countable noun]

a regular series of television programmes, books etc that tell the same story or are the same kind of programme, book etc :

▪ A new TV series called ‘The Hamilton Dynasty’ will be starting next autumn.

▪ Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series for children has been amazingly successful.

series of

▪ a series of articles about the state of the economy

▷ serial /ˈsɪ ə riəl/ [countable noun]

a story that is broadcast in several separate parts on television or radio, or printed in separate parts in a magazine or newspaper :

▪ The BBC sells most of its successful serials to the US.

▪ Don’t miss the latest episode in our serial, ‘David Copperfield.’

serialize [transitive verb]

make a book etc into a serial :

▪ Her novel ‘The Awakening’ was recently serialized on TV.

3. happening or doing something in a series

▷ successive /səkˈsesɪv/ [adjective only before noun]

happening one after the other :

▪ Successive nights without sleep make any new parent feel ready to quit.

▪ Jackson became the first batter since Babe Ruth to hit three successive home runs in a single game.

▪ Successive governments have failed to tackle the problem of international debt.

▷ consecutive /kənˈsekjɑtɪv/ [adjective]

consecutive days, years etc come after one another, with no breaks in between :

▪ The company has made a profit for seven consecutive years.

▪ You must get a doctor’s certificate if you’re off work sick for more than three consecutive days.

▷ straight /streɪt/ [adjective/adverb]

happening immediately one after another in a series, especially in an unusually long series :

▪ The temperatures was 40 degrees below zero for two weeks straight.

▪ She is hoping to beat her personal record of 21 straight victories.

▷ in succession /ɪn səkˈseʃ ə n/ [adverb]

if something happens on a number of occasions, days, years etc in succession, it happens on each of those occasions, days, years etc, without a break :

▪ She’s won the championship four times in succession.

▪ It’s not advisable to plant wheat in the same field for more than two years in succession.

▷ one after the other/one after another /ˌwʌn ɑːftəʳ ði ˈʌðəʳ, ˌwʌn ɑːftər əˈnʌðəʳǁ-æf-/ [adverb]

if a number of events happen one after the other or one after another, each one happens soon after the previous one :

▪ One after another they got up and left the room.

▪ He was so thirsty that he drank five glasses of water, one after the other.

▪ She smoked nervously throughout the meeting, one cigarette after another.

▷ in a row /ɪn ə ˈrəʊ/ [adverb]

done two or more times, one after another, without a break :

▪ Last week I overslept three days in a row.

▪ The Blazers have won 11 games in a row.

▷ running /ˈrʌnɪŋ/ [adverb]

if you do something for the third time, fifth time etc running, you do it that number of times without a break :

▪ This is the fourth time running you’ve been late.

▪ Spender won the Cambridge Poetry Prize three years running.

▷ alternate /ɔːlˈtɜːnɪt, ɔːlˈtɜːnətǁˈɔːltɜːr-, ˈæl-/ [adjective only before noun]

two alternate actions, events, feelings etc are done in a fixed order, first one, then the other, then the first one again etc :

▪ He worked alternate night and day shifts.

▪ Italian cities have imposed alternate-day driving rules in an effort to reduce pollution.

alternate Sundays/weekends etc

first one Sunday or weekend, but not the next, then the next Sunday or weekend but not the next etc

▪ She visits her parents on alternate Sundays.

alternately [adverb]

▪ The child lay there for three days, alternately sweating and shivering.

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