Meaning of SERIAL in English


I. ˈsir-ē-əl adjective

Date: 1840

1. : of, relating to, consisting of, or arranged in a series, rank, or row

serial order

2. : appearing in successive parts or numbers

a serial story

3. : belonging to a series maturing periodically rather than on a single date

serial bonds

4. : of, relating to, or being music based on a series of tones in a chosen pattern without regard for traditional tonality


a. : performing a series of similar acts over a period of time

a serial killer

b. : occurring in or involving such a series

a serial murder

6. : relating to or being a connection in a computer system in which the bits of a byte are transmitted sequentially over a single wire — compare parallel

• se·ri·al·ly -ə-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1846


a. : a work appearing (as in a magazine or on television) in parts at intervals

b. : one part of a serial work : installment

2. : a publication (as a newspaper or journal) issued as one of a consecutively numbered and indefinitely continued series

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.