See also: séquence and séquencé

sequence - English


  • IPA: /ˈsiːkwəns/


sequence (countable and uncountable, plural sequences)

  1. A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
  2. (uncountable) The state of being sequent or following; order of succession.
    • Complete the listed tasks in sequence.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. (mathematics) An ordered list of objects, typically indexed with natural numbers.
  6. (now rare) A subsequent event; a consequence or result.
  7. A series of shots that depict a single action or style in a film, television show etc.
  8. (card games) A meld consisting of three or more cards of successive ranks in the same suit, such as the four, five and six of hearts.

Usage notes

  • (mathematics): Beginning students often confuse sequence with series.


  • (a set of things next to each other in a set order): See sequence




Derived terms

English terms derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *sekʷ-‎ (3 c, 0 e)



sequence (third-person singular simple present sequences, present participle sequencing, simple past and past participle sequenced)

  1. (transitive) to arrange in an order
  2. (transitive, biochemistry) 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


  • Bulgarian: подреждам (bg) (podreždam)
  • Hungarian: sorba állít (hu), sorba rendez, sorba rak, sorrendbe állít
  • Maori: whakaraupapa
Meaning and Definition of sequence
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