Meaning of SEQUENCE in English



Pronunciation: ' s ē -kw ə n(t)s, - ˌ kwen(t)s

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin sequentia, from Late Latin, sequel, literally, act of following, from Latin sequent-, sequens, present participle of sequi

Date: 14th century

1 : a hymn in irregular meter between the gradual and Gospel in masses for special occasions (as Easter)

2 : a continuous or connected series: as a : an extended series of poems united by a single theme <a sonnet sequence > b : three or more playing cards usually of the same suit in consecutive order of rank c : a succession of repetitions of a melodic phrase or harmonic pattern each in a new position d : a set of elements ordered so that they can be labeled with the positive integers e : the exact order of bases in a nucleic acid or of amino acids in a protein f (1) : a succession of related shots or scenes developing a single subject or phase of a film story (2) : EPISODE

3 a : order of succession b : an arrangement of the tenses of successive verbs in a sentence designed to express a coherent relationship especially between main and subordinate parts

4 a : CONSEQUENCE , RESULT b : a subsequent development

5 : continuity of progression <the narrative sequence >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.