[ seer-ee-uh l ]
/ ˈsɪər i əl /
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.
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Related formsse·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·se·ri·al, noun, adjectivenon·se·ri·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcereal serial
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British Dictionary definitions for serial killer (1 of 2)
a person who carries out a series of murders
British Dictionary definitions for serial killer (2 of 2)
/ (ˈsɪərɪəl) /
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
Derived Formsserially, adverb
Word Origin for serial
C19: from New Latin seriālis, from Latin seriēs series
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