From Middle English sequence , borrowed from French sequence (“a sequence of cards, answering verses”), from Late Latin sequentia (“a following”), from Latin sequens (“following”), from sequi (“to follow”); see sequent.
- IPA(key): /ˈsikwəns/, /ˈsikwɛns/
sequence (plural sequences)
- A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
- 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 2005, pp. 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)
- Catalan: seqüència (ca) f
- Mandarin: 序列 (zh) (xùliè), 順序 (zh), 顺序 (zh) (shùnxù)
- Czech: řada (cs) f, sled (cs) m, sekvence f
- Danish: rækkefølge c, sekvens c
- Esperanto: please add this translation if you can
- Finnish: sarja (fi), sekvenssi (fi)
- French: suite (fr) f, séquence (fr) f
- Georgian: რიგი (rigi), მიმდევრობა (mimdevroba)
- German: Reihenfolge (de) f
- Greek: ακολουθία (el) f (akolouthía), σειρά (el) f (seirá), αλληλουχία (el) f (allilouchía)
- 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: please add this translation if you can
- Korean: 순서 (ko) (sunseo)
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 of objects
series of shots that depict a single action or style
meld of three or more cards of successive ranks in the same suit
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
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) 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
- ^ “sequence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.