Meaning of sequence

se•quence

Pronunciation: (sē'kwuns), [key]
— n., v., -quenced, -quenc•ing.
—n.
  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. a melodic or harmonic pattern repeated three or more times at different pitches with or without modulation.
  6. a hymn sometimes sung after the gradual and before the gospel; prose.
  7. 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. a series of three or more cards following one another in order of value, esp. of the same suit.
  9. the linear order of monomers in a polymer, as nucleotides in DNA or amino acids in a protein.
  10. a set whose elements have an order similar to that of the positive integers; a map from the positive integers to a given set.
—v.t.
  1. to place in a sequence.
  2. to determine the order of (chemical units in a polymer chain), esp. nucleotides in DNA or RNA or amino acids in a protein.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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