From Middle English sequence, borrowed from Old French sequence (“a sequence of cards, answering verses”), from Late Latin sequentia (“a following”), from Latin sequens (“following”), from sequi (“to follow”); see sequent.
sequence (countable and uncountable, plural sequences)
- A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
- (uncountable) The state of being sequent or following; order of succession.
Complete the listed tasks in sequence.
- 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).
- 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.
- (mathematics) An ordered list of objects, typically indexed with natural numbers.
- (now rare) A subsequent event; a consequence or result.
1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska, published 2005, pages 12–13:
he found no words to convey the impressions he had received; then he gave way to the anger always the sequence of the antagonism of opinion between them.
- A series of shots that depict a single action or style in a film, television show etc.
2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits :”, in The Onion AV Club:
What follows is a bunch of nonstop goofery involving chase sequences, dream sequences, fast-changing costumes and an improbable beard, a little musical help from Flight Of The Conchords, and ultimately a very physical confrontation with a surprisingly spry Victoria.
- (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.
- (mathematics): Beginning students often confuse sequence with series.
set of things in a set order
- Armenian: հաջորդականություն (hy) (haǰordakanutʿyun)
- Bulgarian: серия (bg) f (serija), поредица (bg) f (poredica)
- Catalan: seqüència (ca) f
- Mandarin: 序列 (zh) (xùliè), 順序／顺序 (zh) (shùnxù)
- Czech: řada (cs) f, sled (cs) m, sekvence f
- Danish: rækkefølge (da) c, sekvens (da) c
- Dutch: volgorde (nl) c, reeks (nl) m
- Esperanto: sekvenco
- Finnish: sarja (fi), sekvenssi (fi)
- French: suite (fr) f, séquence (fr) f
- Georgian: რიგი (rigi), მიმდევრობა (mimdevroba)
- German: Reihenfolge (de) f
- Gothic: 𐍅𐌹𐌺𐍉 f (wikō)
- Greek: ακολουθία (el) f (akolouthía), σειρά (el) f (seirá), αλληλουχία (el) f (allilouchía)
- Ancient: συνέχεια f (sunékheia)
- Hungarian: sorozat (hu), szekvencia (hu), sor (hu), sorrend (hu)
- Irish: seicheamh m
- Italian: sequenza (it) f
- Japanese: 順序 (ja) (じゅんじょ, junjo)
- Khmer: លំដាប់ (km) (lumdap)
- Korean: 순서 (ko) (sunseo)
- Latin: seriēs f
- Latvian: secība f
- Macedonian: низа f (niza), редослед m (redosled)
- Malay: turutan (ms)
- Maori: raupapa, hātepe, raupapatanga
- Mongolian: please add this translation if you can
- Ottoman Turkish: سلسله (silsile)
- Persian: توالی (fa) (tavâli)
- Polish: kolejność (pl) f, sekwencja (pl) f, bieg (pl) m
- Portuguese: sequência (pt) f
- Romanian: secvență (ro) f
- Russian: после́довательность (ru) f (poslédovatelʹnostʹ), ряд (ru) m (rjad), очерёдность (ru) f (očerjódnostʹ)
- Scottish Gaelic: leanmhainn m
- Serbo-Croatian: niz (sh), redosled (sh)
- Slovene: zaporedje n, sekvenca f, niz m
- Spanish: secuencia (es) f
- Tagalog: datig (tl)
- Thai: ลำดับ (th) (lam-dàp)
- Vietnamese: please add this translation if you can
- Walloon: etchinnmint (wa) m, shûte (wa)
series of musical phrases where a theme or melody is repeated
poetic, music composition used in some Catholic Masses between the readings
in mathematics, an ordered list
series of shots that depict a single action or style
meld of three or more cards of successive ranks in the same suit
Translations to be checked
sequence (third-person singular simple present sequences, present participle sequencing, simple past and past participle sequenced)
- (transitive) to arrange in an order
- (transitive, biochemistry) to determine the order of things, especially of amino acids in a protein, or of bases in a nucleic acid
- (transitive) to produce (music) with a sequencer
to arrange in an order
- Bulgarian: подреждам (bg) (podreždam)
- Hungarian: sorba állít (hu), sorba rendez, sorba rak, sorrendbe állít
- Maori: whakaraupapa
to determine the order of amino acids in a protein, or of bases in a nucleic acid
- “sequence”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “sequence”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.