Sequence

Definition of Sequence

Se´quence   Pronunciation: sē´kwens
n.1.The state of being sequent; succession; order of following; arrangement.
How art thou a king
But by fair sequence and succession?
- Shak.
Sequence and series of the seasons of the year.
- Bacon.
2.That which follows or succeeds as an effect; sequel; consequence; result.
The inevitable sequences of sin and punishment.
- Bp. Hall.
3.(Philos.) Simple succession, or the coming after in time, without asserting or implying causative energy; as, the reactions of chemical agents may be conceived as merely invariable sequences.
4.(Mus.) Any succession of chords (or harmonic phrase) rising or falling by the regular diatonic degrees in the same scale; a succession of similar harmonic steps.
5.(R.C.Ch.) A hymn introduced in the Mass on certain festival days, and recited or sung immediately before the gospel, and after the gradual or introit, whence the name.
Originally the sequence was called a Prose, because its early form was rhythmical prose.
- Shipley.
6.(Card Playing) Three or more cards of the same suit in immediately consecutive order of value; as, ace, king, and queen; or knave, ten, nine, and eight.
7.the specific order of any linear arrangement of items; as, the sequence of amino acid residues in a protein; the sequence of instructions in a computer program; the sequence of acts in a variety show.
v. t.1.(Biochem.) to determine the sequence of; as, to sequence a protein or a DNA fragment.

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