series: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sēr'ēz), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ries,
  1. a group or a number of related or similar things, events, etc., arranged or occurring in temporal, spatial, or other order or succession; sequence.
  2. a number of games, contests, or sporting events, with the same participants, considered as a unit: The two baseball clubs played a five-game series.
  3. a set, as of coins or stamps.
  4. a set of successive volumes or issues of a periodical published in like form with similarity of subject or purpose.
  5. a series of four programs on African wildlife.
    1. a daily or weekly program with the same cast and format and a continuing story, as a soap opera, situation comedy, or drama.
    2. a number of related programs having the same theme, cast, or format:a series of four programs on African wildlife.
    1. a sequence of terms combined by addition, as 1 + 12 + 14 + 18 + ...12n.
    2. Seeinfinite series.
  6. a succession of coordinate sentence elements.
  7. a division of stratified rocks that is of next higher rank to a stage and next lower rank to a system, comprising deposits formed during part of a geological epoch.
  8. an end-to-end arrangement of the components, as resistors, in a circuit so that the same current flows through each component. Cf.(def. 13).
  9. a group of related chemical elements arranged in order of increasing atomic number: the lanthanide series.
  1. consisting of or having component parts connected in series: a series circuit; a series generator.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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