- anything published, broadcast, etc., in short installments at regular intervals, as a novel appearing in successive issues of a magazine.
- Library Science. a publication in any medium issued in successive parts bearing numerical or chronological designation and intended to be continued indefinitely.
- published in installments or successive parts: a serial story.
- pertaining to such publication.
- pertaining to, arranged in, or consisting of a series.
- occurring in a series rather than simultaneously: serial marriage; serial murders.
- effecting or producing a series of similar actions: The police think a serial killer is responsible for five homicides in this city last month.
- Music. of, relating to, or composed in serial technique.
Origin of serial
Examples from the Web for serial
But when a serial sex predator is playing fanboy, the gag reflex kicks in.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Hell, he says Koenig never referred to it as Serial or even as a podcast.
In all fairness to Jay, he told The Intercept that he never expected to be a major figure in Serial.
Interviews in Serial (including ones from Adnan) do acknowledge that Jay was known as a resident bad boy at Woodlawn High School.
We began a journey with Koenig in the first episode of Serial.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
But the whole of active life is a serial and coordinated business.Evolution in Modern Thought
It's a serial story, and will be continued in our next issue.The Call of the Beaver Patrol
V. T. Sherman
He turned to the serial story and began to read the synopsis.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
The night bombarder has been telling me this yarn in serial form.High Adventure
James Norman Hall
Suppose my serial story should be accepted and they should send me a check.Old Ebenezer
- a novel, play, etc, presented in separate instalments at regular intervals
- a publication, usually regularly issued and consecutively numbered
- of, relating to, or resembling a series
- published or presented as a serial
- of or relating to such publication or presentation
- computing of or operating on items of information, instructions, etc, in the order in which they occurCompare parallel (def. 5)
- of, relating to, or using the techniques of serialism
- logic maths (of a relation) connected, transitive, and asymmetric, thereby imposing an order on all the members of the domain, as less than on the natural numbersSee also ordering
Word Origin and History for serial
"coming in regular succession," 1840, from series + -al (1); popularized in reference to Dickens' novels, published one part at a time in periodicals (as opposed to all at once in a book). Found to be a useful word and given wide application. Serial number, indicating position in a series, first recorded 1866, originally of papers, packages, etc.; of soldiers from 1918. Serial killer is first attested 1981 (in relation to John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy), though serial had been used in connection with murders since the early 1960s. Related: Serially.
1846, from serial (adj.).