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[seer-ee-uh-lahyz] /ˈsɪər i əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), serialized, serializing.
to publish in serial form.
to broadcast, televise, or film in serial form.
Also, especially British, serialise.
Origin of serialize
1890-95; serial + -ize
Related forms
serialization, noun
unserialized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • An offer to serialise part of the "autobiography" in the columns of Le Figaro was accepted.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
British Dictionary definitions for serialise


(transitive) to publish or present in the form of a serial
Derived Forms
serialization, serialisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for serialise



1852 (implied in serialized), from serial + -ize. Related: Serializing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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serialise in Technology

To represent an arbitrarily complex data structure in a location-independent way so that it can be communicated or stored elsewhere.
For example, an object representing a time, with attributes for year, month, timezone, etc., could be serialised as the string "2002-02-24T14:33:52-0800", or an XML element "", or as a binary string.
As well as providing an external data representation (e.g. representing an integer as a string of ASCII digits) and marshalling components into a single block of data, a serialisation algorithm needs to follow pointers to include objects referred to by the initial object. This is further complicated by the possible presence of cycles in the object graph.
It should be possible to store the serialised representation on disk, or transmit it across a network, and then restore it as an object (graph) that is the same as the original.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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