Meaning of “sequence” in the English Dictionary

"sequence" in British English

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sequencenoun

uk /ˈsiː.kwəns/ us /ˈsiː.kwəns/

sequence noun (ORDERED SERIES)

C2 [ C or U ] a series of related things or events, or the order in which they follow each other:

The first chapter describes the strange sequence of events that led to his death.
Is there a particular sequence in which you have to perform these tasks?
For the sake of convenience the photographs are shown in chronological sequence (= in the order in which they were taken).

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  • a dance sequence
  • You had to put the numbers into the right sequence.
  • He took me through a sequence of steps.
  • It's the third in a sequence of three books.
  • The start of the season witnessed an embarrassing sequence of six defeats.

sequenceverb [ T ]

/ˈsiː.kwəns/

to combine things in a particular order, or discover the order in which they are combined:

They discussed how to sequence the steps in the plan.
reading books sequenced in order of difficulty

specialized biology to discover the order in which nucelotides (= chemical substances) are combined within DNA:

Researchers sequenced the full genome of a rat.

(Definition of “sequence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sequence" in American English

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sequencenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈsi·kwəns, -ˌkwens/

a series of related things or events, or the order in which things or events follow each other:

[ C ] The first chapter describes the strange sequence of events that led to his death.
[ C ] The test papers were not in the correct alphabetical sequence.

biology A gene sequence is the order in which the bases (= chemical substances) in DNA are arranged in a particular gene (= chemical pattern the controls the characteristics of living things).

(Definition of “sequence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sequence" in Business English

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sequencenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈsiːkwəns/ us

a series of related things or events, or the order in which they happen:

In a strange sequence of events, the chairman sued the union and the shareholder.
in sequence The program goes through the data in sequence.

(Definition of “sequence” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)