sequence

Definitions

General English

Aviation

  • noun a series of things or events which follow one another, an order

Computing

  • noun a number of items or data arranged as a logical ordered list

Electronics

  • An arrangement of two or more things, entities, or events, in a given order.
  • An arrangement of two or more things, entities, or events, in a successive order.

Media Studies

  • noun a section of a film showing a single incident or set of related actions or events

Medical

  • verb to put things in order
  • verb to show how amino acids are linked together in chains to form protein

Origin & History of “sequence”

Sequence is at the centre of a large family of English words that go back ultimately to Latin sequī ‘follow’ (others include consecutive (17th c.), consequence (14th c.), ensue, obsequious (15th c.), persecute (15th c.), prosecute, pursue, second, sect, subsequent (15th c.), sue, and suit). Sequence itself comes from late Latin sequentia, a derivative of the present participle sequēns. Another Latin derivative was sequēla ‘that which follows’, which has given English sequal (15th c.). Sequī came from the Indo-European base *seq-, which also produced Greek hépomai, Irish sechur, Lithuanian sekti, and Sanskrit sac-, all meaning ‘follow’.
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