[ seer-eez ]
/ ˈsɪər iz /
noun, plural se·ries.
a group or a number of related or similar things, events, etc., arranged or occurring in temporal, spatial, or other order or succession; sequence.
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.
a set, as of coins or stamps.
a set of successive volumes or issues of a periodical published in like form with similarity of subject or purpose.
Radio and Television.
- a daily or weekly program with the same cast and format and a continuing story, as a soap opera, situation comedy, or drama.
- a number of related programs having the same theme, cast, or format: a series of four programs on African wildlife.
- a sequence of terms combined by addition, as 1 + ½ + ¼ + ⅛ + … ½ n.
- infinite series.
Rhetoric. a succession of coordinate sentence elements.
Geology. 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.
Electricity. an end-to-end arrangement of the components, as resistors, in a circuit so that the same current flows through each component.Compare parallel(def 13).
Chemistry. a group of related chemical elements arranged in order of increasing atomic number: the lanthanide series.
Electricity. consisting of or having component parts connected in series: a series circuit; a series generator.
Words nearby series
Origin of series
1605–15; < Latin seriēs; akin to serere to connect
SYNONYMS FOR series
1 Series, sequence, succession are terms for an orderly following of things one after another. Series is applied to a number of things of the same kind, usually related to each other, arranged or happening in order: a series of baseball games. Sequence stresses the continuity in time, thought, cause and effect, etc.: The scenes came in a definite sequence. Succession implies that one thing is followed by another or others in turn, usually though not necessarily with a relation or connection between them: succession to a throne; a succession of calamities.
OTHER WORDS FROM seriesmul·ti·se·ries, noun, plural mul·ti·se·ries.sub·se·ries, noun, plural sub·se·ries.su·per·se·ries, noun, plural su·per·se·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for series's
/ (ˈsɪəriːz, -rɪz) /
noun plural -ries
a group or connected succession of similar or related things, usually arranged in order
a set of radio or television programmes having the same characters and setting but different stories
a set of books having the same format, related content, etc, published by one firm
a set of stamps, coins, etc, issued at a particular time
maths the sum of a finite or infinite sequence of numbers or quantitiesSee also geometric series
- a configuration of two or more components connected in a circuit so that the same current flows in turn through each of them (esp in the phrase in series)
- (as modifier)a series circuit Compare parallel (def. 10)
rhetoric a succession of coordinate elements in a sentence
geology a stratigraphical unit that is a subdivision of a system and represents the rocks formed during an epoch
Word Origin for series
C17: from Latin: a row, from serere to link
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Medical definitions for series's
[ sîr′ēz ]
n. pl. series
A number of objects or events arranged or coming one after the other in succession.
A group of objects related by linearly varying successive differences in form or configuration, as in a radioactive decay series.
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Scientific definitions for series's
[ sîr′ēz ]
The sum of a sequence of terms, for example 2 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + …
A group of rock formations closely related in time of origin and distinct as a group from other formations.
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