What does sequence mean?

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ˈsi kwənsse·quence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sequence(noun)

    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 succession(noun)

    a following of one thing after another in time

    "the doctor saw a sequence of patients"

  3. sequence, episode(noun)

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

  4. succession, sequence(noun)

    the action of following in order

    "he played the trumps in sequence"

  5. sequence(verb)

    several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys

  6. sequence(verb)

    arrange in a sequence

  7. sequence(verb)

    determine the order of constituents in

    "They sequenced the human genome"


  1. Sequence(n.)

    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. Sequence(v. t.)

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


  1. sequence(Noun)

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

  2. sequence(Noun)

    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. sequence(Noun)

    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. sequence(Noun)

    An ordered list of objects.

  5. sequence(Noun)

    A subsequent event; a consequence or result.

  6. sequence(Noun)

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

  7. sequence(Noun)

    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. sequence(Verb)

    to arrange in an order

  9. sequence(Verb)

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

  10. sequence(Verb)

    to produce (music) with a sequencer

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sequence(noun)

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

  2. Sequence(noun)

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

  3. Sequence(noun)

    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. Sequence(noun)

    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. Sequence(noun)

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

  6. Sequence(noun)

    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. Sequence(noun)

    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. Sequence(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.

British National Corpus

  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. Dan Rather:

    And now the sequence of events in no particular order.

  2. Gerry Bell:

    There’s been a whole sequence of conditions that suppress these storms.

  3. briard .murenzi:

    life is not a sequence/problem to solve it's a reality to face/experience

  4. Kari Stefansson:

    We claim that we can sequence the whole genomes for very large numbers of people.

  5. Eddy M Reyes:

    Life is a sequence of chain. Hold on to it and you will reach your desire destination.

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