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Definition of the noun sequence

What does sequence mean as a name of something?

Sequence is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: sequences

  1. serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern
    • examples: the sequence of names was alphabetical | he invented a technique to determine the sequence of base pairs in DNA
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: series = similar things placed in order or happening one after another
    • more specific terms:
      • cistron / factor / gene = a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons
      • string = a linear sequence
      • combination = a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock
      • combination = a coordinated sequence of chess moves
      • Fibonacci sequence = a sequence of numbers in which each number equals the sum of the two preceding numbers
      • codon = a specific sequence of three adjacent nucleotides on a strand of DNA or RNA that specifies the genetic code information for synthesizing a particular amino acid
  2. a following of one thing after another in time
  3. film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie
  4. the action of following in order
    • example: he played the trumps in sequence
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of sequence: succession
    • more generic words: order / ordering = the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement
    • more specific terms:
      • chess opening / opening = a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess
      • alternation = successive change from one thing or state to another and back again
  5. several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys

Alternative definition of the noun sequence


  1. A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
  2. A series of musical phrases where a theme or melody is repeated, with some change each time, such as in pitch or length (example: opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony).
  3. A musical composition used in some Catholic Masses between the readings. The most famous sequence is the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) formerly used in funeral services.
  4. [mathematics] An ordered list of objects.
  5. [context: now rare] A subsequent event; a consequence or result.

Definition of the verb sequence

What does sequence mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sequenced | sequencing | sequences

  1. arrange in a sequence
  2. determine the order of constituents in
    • example: They sequenced the human genome
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: ascertain / determine / find / find out = establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

Alternative definition of the verb sequence


  1. [transitive] to arrange in an order
  2. [transitive] to determine the order of things, especially of amino acids in a protein, or of bases in a nucleic acid
  3. [transitive] to produce (music) with a sequencer


  1. Sequence, a board-and-card game, was invented by Douglas Reuter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over a two-year period in the 1970s. Mr. Reuter originally called the game, “Sequence Five.” Reuter spent years developing the concept, and, in June 1981, granted Jax Ltd. an exclusive license to manufacture, distribute and sell the board game, Sequence, and its subsequent variations. The game was first sold in a retail store in 1982.
    • also known as 撲克五子棋
  2. "Sequence" is a video game.
    • genre: Role-playing video game
    • released on


  1. "Sequence" is a 2007 short animation film written and directed by Robert Sowa.
  2. "Sequence" is a 2013 short, action, fantasy film written and directed by Carles Torrens.


  1. "Sequence" is a musical album of Pulsedriver.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "Sequence" is a musical single of Roel Butzen.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  3. "Sequence" is a musical EP of In Sotto Voce.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  4. "Sequence" is a composition.


  1. Sequence a.k.a. The Sequence is a former female old school hip hop trio signed to the Sugar Hill label in the early-1980s. The group consisted of Cheryl Cook, Gwendolyn Chisolm, and lead singer/rapper Angie Brown Stone. The group originated from Columbia, South Carolina as a group of high school cheerleaders.
  2. Sequence is a musical artist, record producer, musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Sub Sequence, Sub-Sequence, Lost Sequence, Dream sequence, The Helio Sequence, The Title Sequence, The Umbrella Sequence, Deconstructing Sequence, Sequence Theory Project.


  1. Sequence: In mathematics, a sequence is an ordered list. Like a set, it contains members. The number of ordered elements is called the length of the sequence. Unlike a set, order matters, and exactly the same elements can appear multiple times at different positions in the sequence. Most precisely, a sequence can be defined as a function whose domain is a countable totally ordered set, such as the natural numbers.
  2. Sequence: A sequence is a chant or hymn sung or recited during the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist for many Christian denominations, before the proclamation of the Gospel. By the time of the Council of Trent there were sequences for many feasts in the Church's year.
  3. Sequence: In music, a sequence is the immediate restatement of a motif or longer melodic passage at a higher or lower pitch in the same voice. It is one of the most common and simple methods of elaborating a melody in eighteenth and nineteenth century classical music.
    • also known as 模进
  4. Sequence: A sequence in biology is the one-dimensional ordering of monomers, covalently linked within a biopolymer; it is also referred to as the primary structure of the biological macromolecule.
  5. Sequence was a short-lived but influential British film journal founded in 1947 by Lindsay Anderson, Gavin Lambert and Karel Reisz.
  6. Sequence: A sequence in geology refers to a sequence of geological events, processes, or rocks, arranged in chronological order.
  7. Sequence Post is a London based Post Production House active in television, film and commercials. it is based in the area of Fitzrovia.
  8. Sequence: In medicine, a sequence is a series of ordered consequences due to a single cause.
  9. Sequence: If this segment is one of a series or sequence of segments, enter the name of the sequence here.
  10. Sequence: The protein amino acid sequence.
  11. Sequence: The order in the game where this move was played.

Phrases with Sequence

  1. Sequence breaking
  2. Dna Sequence
  3. Main sequence
  4. Main-Sequence
  5. Rock Sequence
  6. Exact sequence
  7. Cauchy sequence
  8. Escape sequence
  9. Leader Sequence
  10. Random sequence
  11. Canonical sequence
  12. Conserved sequence
  13. fibonacci sequence
  14. Convergent Sequence
  15. Long Exact Sequence
  16. Short Exact Sequence
  17. Divisibility sequence
  18. chronological sequence
  19. Shine-Dalgarno Sequence
  20. Deduced Amino Acid Sequence

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sequence

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Google previewSIMMS Level 1 Student Edition (2003)

A sequence is an ordered list. Each item in the list is a term of the...

Google previewElementary and Intermediate Algebra (2009)

by Ron Larson

Sequences An infinite sequence is a function whose domain is the set of positive integers. a1, a2, a3, . . . , an, . . . A finite...

Then the domain of the infinite sequence is the set of nonnegative integers and the domain of the finite sequence ...

Google previewApplied Calculus (2008)

by Frank C. Wilson, Scott Adamson

96, c6 A sequence is a set of numbers given in a particular order. We can think of this set of numbers as a...

Google previewTopological Modular Forms (2014)

by Christopher L. Douglas, John Francis, André G. Henriques, Michael A. Hill

Adams spectral sequence: The Adams spectral sequence is a spectral sequence which computes the homotopy groups...

Google previewJava Tutorial Questions (2013)

by Siu Nin Lam

C - The character sequence is an exact match of ...

Google previewBioinformatics Research and Development (2007)

First International Conference, BIRD 2007, Berlin, Germany, March 12-14, 2007, Proceedings by Sepp Hochreiter, Roland Wagner

For instance, a DNA sequence is a string over the nucleotide alphabet Σ = {A,C,G ,T}, and a protein sequence is a string over the amino acid alphabet of size 23. The size of GenBank [11] and its collaborating DNA and protein databases which ...

Google previewThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management and Encyclopedic Dictionaries, The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Management Information Systems (1999)

by Gordon B. Davis, Gordon Bitter Davis

Structured programming employs three basic control structures: sequence, alternation ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

The advent of an approach to syllabus specification based on notions and functions meant that grammatical structures were often replaced in the PPP sequence by language functions (typically interpersonal speech acts such as requesting or ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

Then'xloves y' is satisfied by any ordered sequence of objects whose first two terms are John and Mary taken inthatorder. In general, suppose a certain sentential function contains ndifferent freeVARIABLES (some of which maybe repeated: 'x ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopaedia of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (2014)

by John M. Hancock, Marketa J. Zvelebil

As aresult of thefact thatmost evolutionary selection pressure is exerted onprotein sequences, synonymous mutations canlead to an overestimation of the sequence divergenceif compared atthe DNA level.(ii)The evolutionary relationships can ...

Google previewThe Mathematics Dictionary (1992)

by R.C. James, Glenn James

Sequence Tech. A finite sequence with n terms is a function whose domain is the set of integers {1,2,3,- ••,«}; if a denotes the function, then a(k), or ak , denotes the klh term. An infinite sequence is a function whose domain is the set ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Genetics (2014)

by Eric C.R. Reeve

The complete genome sequence of Arabidopsis thaliana, the tiny but much investigated weed, was published in December 2000: a notable achievement as it is the first plant genome completed. Its small genome of about 120 Mb contrasts ...

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Basic Role Shift Sequence in ASL - American Sign Language

Learn how to tell a story using basic role shift sequence in ASL - American Sign Language. Shoulder-shifting technique is demonstrated, as well as choosing ...

Quotes about Sequence

It now seems certain that the amino acid sequence of any protein is determined by the sequence of bases in some region of a particular nucleic acid molecule. (Francis Crick)
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Scrabble value of S1E1Q10U1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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