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[ see-kwuhns ]


  1. the following of one thing after another; succession.
  2. order of succession:

    a list of books in alphabetical sequence.

    Synonyms: arrangement

  3. a continuous or connected series:

    a sonnet sequence.

  4. something that follows; a subsequent event; result; consequence.

    Synonyms: sequel, outcome

  5. Music. a melodic or harmonic pattern repeated three or more times at different pitches with or without modulation.
  6. Liturgy. a hymn sometimes sung after the gradual and before the gospel; prose.
  7. Movies. 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. Cards. a series of three or more cards following one another in order of value, especially of the same suit.
  9. Genetics. the linear order of monomers in a polymer, as nucleotides in DNA or amino acids in a protein.
  10. Mathematics. a set whose elements have an order similar to that of the positive integers; a map from the positive integers to a given set.

verb (used with object)

, se·quenced, se·quenc·ing.
  1. to place in a sequence.
  2. Biochemistry. to determine the order of (chemical units in a polymer chain), especially nucleotides in DNA or RNA or amino acids in a protein.


/ ˈsiːkwəns /


  1. an arrangement of two or more things in a successive order
  2. the successive order of two or more things

    chronological sequence

  3. a sequentially ordered set of related things or ideas
  4. an action or event that follows another or others
    1. cards a set of three or more consecutive cards, usually of the same suit
    2. bridge a set of two or more consecutive cards
  5. music an arrangement of notes or chords repeated several times at different pitches
  6. maths
    1. an ordered set of numbers or other mathematical entities in one-to-one correspondence with the integers 1 to n
    2. an ordered infinite set of mathematical entities in one-to-one correspondence with the natural numbers
  7. a section of a film constituting a single continuous uninterrupted episode
  8. biochem the unique order of amino acids in the polypeptide chain of a protein or of nucleotides in the polynucleotide chain of DNA or RNA
  9. See prose
    RC Church another word for prose


  1. to arrange in a sequence
  2. biochem to determine the order of the units comprising (a protein, nucleic acid, genome, etc)


/ kwəns /


  1. A set of quantities ordered in the same manner as the positive integers, in which there is always the same relation between each quantity and the one succeeding it. A sequence can be finite, such as {1, 3, 5, 7, 9}, or it can be infinite, such as {1, 1 2 , 1 3 , 1 4 , … 1 n }.
  2. Also called progression
  3. The order of subunits that make up a polymer, especially the order of nucleotides in a nucleic acid or of the amino acids in a protein.


  1. To determine the order of subunits of a polymer.

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  • under·sequence noun
  • un·sequenced adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sequence1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Late Latin sequentia, equivalent to sequ- (stem of sequī “to follow”) + -entia noun suffix; -ence

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sequence1

C14: from Medieval Latin sequentia that which follows, from Latin sequī to follow

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Synonym Study

See series.

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Example Sentences

Then they can fasten on extra pieces and punch in sequences to make it pull off tricks like transforming into a bulldozer.

They started by assembling and analyzing the whole genome sequence of the Elaeis guineensis oil palm.

The sequence is continued until all 435 races are simulated.

From Ozy

Students need to know that science is not just a sequence of geniuses making one discovery after another.

Then the embryo takes over and a strict sequence of embryonic genes kicks in, setting up more features.

And with the dance sequence, we wanted something very physical.

So too with a vaccine that provokes a specific immune response aimed at a specific RNA sequence.

The studio seemed to be satisfied with the results—although still opted to censor the death sequence in many foreign territories.

Movie buffs have commented endlessly on the bell-tower sequence in Vertigo.

The central thrust of the sequence derives from historical fact.

First I had better fix the sequence of the munition cables, for upon them the whole attack has hung—or rather, hung fire.

Naturally and without the least effort the aptest words sprang to his lips in perfect order and sequence.

But here it is arranged in temporal sequence, thus giving us a concrete view of the man and his relation to this society.

Five years of warfare and its sequence—the bandit community—had devastated the provinces.

And still the grizzled old skipper would go on, though it was touch-and-go every time a sequence of strong seas came howling down.


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