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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin sequentia, from Late Latin, sequel, literally, act of following, from Latin sequent-, sequens, present participle of sequi


  • 1 : a hymn in irregular meter between the gradual and Gospel in masses for special occasions (as Easter)
  • 2 : a continuous or connected series: as
a: an extended series of poems united by a single theme <a sonnet sequence>
b : three or more playing cards usually of the same suit in consecutive order of rank
c : a succession of repetitions of a melodic phrase or harmonic pattern each in a new position
d : a set of elements ordered so that they can be labeled with the positive integers
e : the exact order of bases in a nucleic acid or of amino acids in a protein f
(1) : a succession of related shots or scenes developing a single subject or phase of a film story
(2) : episode
  • 3 a : order of succession
b : an arrangement of the tenses of successive verbs in a sentence designed to express a coherent relationship especially between main and subordinate parts
b : a subsequent development
  • 5 : continuity of progression <the narrative sequence>