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series definition

Overview

This page has 23 definitions of series with English translations in 9 languages. Series is a noun, an adjective and verb. Examples of how to use series in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: séries, seríes, sériés, and sèries

English series definition

Etymology

Attested from the 1610s;[1] borrowed from Latin seriēs, from serere (to join together, bind), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ser- (to bind, put together, to line up). Related to desert, insert, sermon, and sorcerer.

Pronunciation

Noun

series (plural series or (obsolete) serieses)

  1. A number of things that follow on one after the other or are connected one after the other.
    Synonyms: chain, line, sequence, stream, succession; see also Thesaurus:sequence
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. […]. The captive made no resistance and came not only quietly but in a series of eager little rushes like a timid dog on a choke chain.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.
    A series of seemingly inconsequential events led cumulatively to the fall of the company.
  2. (broadcasting) A television or radio program which consists of several episodes that are broadcast in regular intervals
    Synonyms: show, program
    “Friends” was one of the most successful television series in recent years.
  3. (Discuss(+) this sense) (mathematics) The sequence of partial sums i = 1 n a i {\displaystyle \sum _{i=1}^{n}{a_{i}}} of a given sequence ai.
    The harmonic series has been much studied.
  4. (cricket, baseball) A group of matches between two sides, with the aim being to win more matches than the opposition.
    The Blue Jays are playing the Yankees in a four-game series.
  5. (zoology) An unranked taxon.
  6. (botany) A subdivision of a genus, a taxonomic rank below that of section (and subsection) but above that of species.
  7. (commerce) A parcel of rough diamonds of assorted qualities.
  8. (phonology) A set of consonants that share a particular phonetic or phonological feature.

Usage notes

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

Synonyms

Derived terms

mathematics

Related terms

Descendants

Translations

A series circuit

Adjective

series (not comparable) (Should we delete(+) this sense?)

  1. (electronics) Connected one after the other in a circuit, in series.
    You have to connect the lights in series for them to work properly.
    Antonym: parallel

References

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “series”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Further reading

Anagrams


Asturian series definition

Noun

series

  1. plural of serie

Catalan series definition

Pronunciation

Verb

series

  1. second-person singular conditional form of ser

Dutch series definition

Pronunciation

Noun

series

  1. Plural form of serie

Interlingua series definition

Noun

series

  1. plural of serie

Latin series definition

Etymology

From serō (to bind) +‎ -iēs.

Pronunciation

Noun

seriēs f (genitive seriēī); fifth declension

  1. a row
  2. a succession
  3. a series
  4. a chain

Declension

Fifth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative seriēs seriēs
Genitive seriēī seriērum
Dative seriēī seriēbus
Accusative seriem seriēs
Ablative seriē seriēbus
Vocative seriēs seriēs

Descendants

References

  • series”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • series”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • series in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • series in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette

Portuguese series definition

Verb

series

  1. second-person singular (tu) present subjunctive of seriar
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) negative imperative of seriar

Spanish series definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈseɾjes/, [ˈse.ɾjes]

Etymology 1

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Noun

series f pl

  1. plural of serie

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb

series

  1. second-person singular present subjunctive of seriar

Swedish series definition

Noun

series

  1. indefinite genitive singular of serie.