Meaning of SEQUENCE in English

I. ˈsē-kwən(t)s, -ˌkwen(t)s 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


(1) : a succession of related shots or scenes developing a single subject or phase of a film story

(2) : episode


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


a. : consequence , result

b. : a subsequent development

5. : continuity of progression

the narrative sequence

II. transitive verb

( se·quenced ; se·quenc·ing )

Date: 1941

1. : to arrange in a sequence

2. : to determine the sequence of chemical constituents (as amino-acid residues or nucleic-acid bases) in

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