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Definition of the noun serial

What does serial mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: serials

  1. a serialized set of programs
  2. a periodical that appears at scheduled times
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of serial: serial publication / series
    • more generic word: periodical = a publication that appears at fixed intervals
    • more specific words:
      • semiweekly = a periodical that is published twice each week
      • weekly = a periodical that is published every week
      • semimonthly = a periodical that is published twice each month
      • monthly = a periodical that is published every month
      • quarterly = a periodical that is published every quarter
      • bimonthly = a periodical that is published twice a month or every two months
      • biweekly = a periodical that is published twice a week or every two weeks
    • part: installment / instalment = a part of a published serial
    • member: number / issue = one of a series published periodically

Alternative definition of the noun serial


  1. A work, as a work of fiction, published in installments, often numbered and without a specified end.
  2. [computing, slang] A serial number required to activate software.

Definition of the adjective serial

What does serial mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more serial / most serial

  1. in regular succession without gaps
  2. pertaining to or composed in serial technique
  3. pertaining to or occurring in or producing a series
    • examples: serial monogamy | serial killing | a serial killer | serial publication
    • lexical domain: Relational Adjectives (pertainyms)
  4. of or relating to the sequential performance of multiple operations

Alternative definition of the adjective serial


  1. Having to do with or arranged in a series.
  2. Published or produced in installments.


  1. "Serial" is a 1980 comedy film produced by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay, by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias, is drawn from the novel The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County by Cyra McFadden, published in 1977. Produced by Sidney Beckerman and directed by Bill Persky, the film stars Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Sally Kellerman, Christopher Lee, Bill Macy, Peter Bonerz, and Tom Smothers. The original music score was composed by Lalo Schifrin.
  2. "Serial" is a film.


  1. Serial: In television and radio programming, a serial has a continuing plot that unfolds in a sequential episode-by-episode fashion. Serials typically follow main story arcs that span entire television seasons or even the full run of the series, which distinguishes them from traditional episodic television that relies on more stand-alone episodes. Worldwide, the soap opera is the most prominent form of serial dramatic programming.
    • also known as Сериал, Följetong, ????, Feuilleton, Feuilleton télévisé, Телесериал, Fernsehserie, مجموعه تلویزیونی, Seriell, Série de televisão, Série télévisée, Serial telewizyjny, Телесеріал
  2. Serial is a podcast exploring a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. First released in October 2014, it is a spinoff of the radio program This American Life. Episodes vary in length, and are available weekly. Even before its debut, it ranked number one on iTunes, and remained there for several weeks.

Phrases with Serial

  1. Serial Ata
  2. Serial Key
  3. Serial Bond
  4. Serial File
  5. serial port
  6. Serial Comma
  7. serial music
  8. serial killer
  9. Serial Number
  10. serial printer
  11. Serial Interval
  12. serial monogamy
  13. serial murderer
  14. serial operation
  15. serial processing
  16. serial publication
  17. Universal Serial Bus

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Serial

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Google previewDictionary for Library and Information Science (2004)

by Joan M. Reitz

seriality 649 serial index An index to the content of a publication issued in successively numbered parts, usually a cumulative author and/or title index compiled by the publisher, appearing at the end of the last issue of the publication year.

Google previewThe popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1885)

by Popular encyclopedia

SERIAL HOMOLOGY. The term homology means the resemblance between parts which are constructed on the same fundamental type or plan, such as the wing of the bird, the arm of man, the fore-limb of the horse, the wing of the bat, and the ...

Google previewComputer Jargon Dictionary and Thesaurus (2006)

by Eddie Martin

Multiplex; Multiplexer; Narrowband; Open Systems Interconnect; Optical Fibre; OSI; Parallel Transmission; Parity Bit; Serial Interface; Serial Transmission; Simplex Transmission; SMDS; Switched Multimegabit Data Service; Synchronous; T-1 ...

Google previewThe American Business and Accounting Encyclopaedia (1904)

A Standard Reference Work for Business Men and Accountants, Profusely Illustrated with Many Special Forms, Tables and Diagrams Never Before Published

The plans generally adopted are known as the Terminating, Serial, Permanent and Dayton plans. These plans are described in Soule's Philosophic Practical Mathematics, as follows: _ THE TERMINATINC PLAN, as originally adopted and ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (2009)

by Christopher Clapham, James Nicholson

serial (of a relation) A *binary relation which is *connected, *asymmetric and *transitive, imposing an ordering on the whole set. For example, 'is greater than' imposes ...

Google previewAcademic Dictionary of Film, Television and Theatre

Serial Digital Transport Interface (SDTI) : SMPTE 305M. Allows faster-than- renltime transfers between various servers and between acquisition tapes, disk- based editing systems and servers, with both 270 Mb and 360 Mb are supported.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Perception (2010)

by E. Bruce Goldstein

SeRial. ViSual. pReSentation. Producers of music videos have often been known to include sequences where the images change 10 times per second or more. Despite the fact that each image is only present for about a 10th of a ...

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Quotes about Serial

I'm so sick of hearing how there's no strong roles for women. I don't care about strong roles. I just want to see women who are characters! A nun, a serial killer, a housewife, as long as there's some depth there. (Martha Plimpton)
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Scrabble value of S1E1R1I1A1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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