What does sequence mean?

Definitions for sequence
ˈsi kwənsse·quence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sequencenoun

    serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern

    "the sequence of names was alphabetical"; "he invented a technique to determine the sequence of base pairs in DNA"

  2. sequence, chronological sequence, succession, successiveness, chronological successionnoun

    a following of one thing after another in time

    "the doctor saw a sequence of patients"

  3. sequence, episodenoun

    film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie

  4. succession, sequencenoun

    the action of following in order

    "he played the trumps in sequence"

  5. sequenceverb

    several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys

  6. sequenceverb

    arrange in a sequence

  7. sequenceverb

    determine the order of constituents in

    "They sequenced the human genome"


  1. Sequencenoun

    the specific order of any linear arrangement of items; as, the sequence of amino acid residues in a protein; the sequence of instructions in a computer program; the sequence of acts in a variety show.

  2. Sequenceverb

    to determine the sequence of; as, to sequence a protein or a DNA fragment.


  1. sequencenoun

    A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series

  2. sequencenoun

    A series of musical phrases where a theme or melody is repeated, with some change each time, such as in pitch or length (example: opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony).

  3. sequencenoun

    A musical composition used in some Catholic Masses between the readings. The most famous sequence is the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) formerly used in funeral services.

  4. sequencenoun

    An ordered list of objects.

  5. sequencenoun

    A subsequent event; a consequence or result.

  6. sequencenoun

    A series of shots that depict a single action or style in a film, television show etc.

  7. sequencenoun

    A meld consisting of three or more cards of successive ranks in the same suit, such as the four, five and six of hearts.

  8. sequenceverb

    to arrange in an order

  9. sequenceverb

    to determine the order of things, especially of amino acids in a protein, or of bases in a nucleic acid

  10. sequenceverb

    to produce (music) with a sequencer

  11. Etymology: From sequence, from sequence, from sequentia, from sequens, from sequi; see sequent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sequencenoun

    Etymology: from sequor, Latin.

    How art thou a king,
    But by fair sequence and succession? William Shakespeare, R. II.

    The cause proceedeth from a precedent sequence, and series of the seasons of the year. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.


  1. sequence

    A sequence is an ordered list of objects or elements, often numbers, that are arranged according to a certain rule or pattern. These elements could be finite or infinite in number. In mathematics, a sequence is typically denoted in terms of a function mapping from positive integers to a particular set.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sequencenoun

    the state of being sequent; succession; order of following; arrangement

  2. Sequencenoun

    that which follows or succeeds as an effect; sequel; consequence; result

  3. Sequencenoun

    simple succession, or the coming after in time, without asserting or implying causative energy; as, the reactions of chemical agents may be conceived as merely invariable sequences

  4. Sequencenoun

    any succession of chords (or harmonic phrase) rising or falling by the regular diatonic degrees in the same scale; a succession of similar harmonic steps

  5. Sequencenoun

    a melodic phrase or passage successively repeated one tone higher; a rosalia

  6. Sequencenoun

    a hymn introduced in the Mass on certain festival days, and recited or sung immediately before the gospel, and after the gradual or introit, whence the name

  7. Sequencenoun

    three or more cards of the same suit in immediately consecutive order of value; as, ace, king, and queen; or knave, ten, nine, and eight

  8. Sequencenoun

    all five cards, of a hand, in consecutive order as to value, but not necessarily of the same suit; when of one suit, it is called a sequence flush

  9. Etymology: [F. squence, L. sequentia, fr. sequens. See Sequent.]


  1. Sequence

    In mathematics, informally speaking, a sequence is an ordered list of objects. Like a set, it contains members. The number of ordered elements is called the length of the sequence. Unlike a set, order matters, and exactly the same elements can appear multiple times at different positions in the sequence. Most precisely, a sequence can be defined as a function whose domain is a countable totally ordered set, such as the natural numbers. For example, is a sequence of letters with the letter 'M' first and 'Y' last. This sequence differs from. Also, the sequence, which contains the number 1 at two different positions, is a valid sequence. Sequences can be finite, as in this example, or infinite, such as the sequence of all even positive integers. Finite sequences are sometimes known as strings or words and infinite sequences as streams. The empty sequence is included in most notions of sequence, but may be excluded depending on the context.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sequence

    sē′kwens, n. state of being sequent or following: order of succession: a series of things following in a certain order, as a set of three or more cards in order of value: that which follows: consequence: (mus.) a regular succession of similar chords: in liturgics, a hymn in rhythmical prose, sung after the gradual and before the gospel.—adjs. Sē′quent, following, succeeding; Sēquen′tial.—n. Sēquential′ity.—adv. Sēquen′tially. [Fr.,—L. sequens, pr.p. of sequi, to follow.]


  1. sequence

    Sequence, LLC was formerly known as GME Marketing Solutions LLC. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. As of May 2013, Sequence, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Mobivity Holdings Corp.

Editors Contribution

  1. sequence

    A step-by-step instruction to meet a specific purpose.

    The script sequence was accurate and specific as when they tried the software it worked efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 14, 2020  

  2. sequence

    A step-by-step order to meet a specific purpose.

    The computer coders needed to always think in sequence.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2020  


  1. Sequence

    the order in which things follow; e.g. species or genera.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sequence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2386

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sequence' in Nouns Frequency: #825

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sequence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sequence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sequence in a Sentence

  1. Steven Runciman:

    I believe that the supreme duty of the historian is to write history, that is to say, to attempt to record in one sweeping sequence the greater events and movements that have swayed the destiny of man.

  2. Lois Greenfield:

    A choreographed dance has to be performed in sequence; it's not just isolated movements. But I'm extracting one split second, which nonetheless kind of represents a sequence or is like a split-second dance.

  3. Vincent Racaniello:

    Coronaviruses — you can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily, spike protein drives a lot of what happen with coronavirus, in zoonotic risk. So you can get the sequence, you can build the protein, and we work a lot with Ralph Baric at UNC to do this. Insert into the backbone of another virus and do some work in the lab. So you can get more predictive when you find a sequence. You’ve got this diversity. Now the logical progression for vaccines is, if you are going to develop a vaccine for SARS, people are going to use pandemic SARS, but let’s insert some of these other things and get a better vaccine.

  4. Dan Rather:

    And now the sequence of events in no particular order.

  5. Amesh Adalja:

    It's a very elegant solution, and that's why they could go to vaccine trials so quickly, because all they need is a sequence of the virus, they don't have to tinker with the virus to make a vaccine candidate. They can just make a vaccine candidate with genetic sequence of the virus.

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