serial

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • adjective referring to data or instructions ordered one after the other rather than in parallel

Computing

  • adjective used to describe data or instructions which are ordered sequentially and not in parallel

Electronics

  • Of, pertaining to, occurring as, or resembling, a series.
  • Acted upon, performed, or operating sequentially, or one after the other. For example, serial access.
  • The sequential processing, storing, transfer, transmission, reception, or the like, of multiple bits, characters, or data units. This contrasts with parallel (4), where such events and processes occur simultaneously.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a journal or magazine that is published at regular intervals

Media Studies

  • adjective published or broadcast in parts, usually at regular intervals
  • noun a story that is split into a number of episodes and shown on television at a particular time each day or week
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