Meaning of SEQUENCE in English


/see"kweuhns/ , n. , v. , sequenced, sequencing .


1. the following of one thing after another; succession.

2. order of succession: a list of books in alphabetical sequence.

3. a continuous or connected series: a sonnet sequence.

4. something that follows; a subsequent event; result; consequence.

5. Music. a melodic or harmonic pattern repeated three or more times at different pitches with or without modulation.

6. Liturgy. a hymn sometimes sung after the gradual and before the gospel; prose.

7. Motion Pictures. a series of related scenes or shots, as those taking place in one locale or at one time, that make up one episode of the film narrative.

8. Cards. a series of three or more cards following one another in order of value, esp. of the same suit.

9. Genetics. the linear order of monomers in a polymer, as nucleotides in DNA or amino acids in a protein.

10. Math. a set whose elements have an order similar to that of the positive integers; a map from the positive integers to a given set.


11. to place in a sequence.

12. Biochem. to determine the order of (chemical units in a polymer chain), esp. nucleotides in DNA or RNA or amino acids in a protein.

[ 1350-1400; ME sequentia, equiv. to sequ- (s. of sequi to follow) + -entia -ENCE ]

Syn. 1. See series. 2. arrangement. 4. outcome, sequel.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .