Etymology: 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
Date: 14th century
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 4. a. consequence, result b. a subsequent development 5. continuity of progression <the narrative sequence> II. transitive verb (sequenced; sequencing) Date: 1941 1. to arrange in a sequence 2. to determine the sequence of chemical constituents (as amino-acid residues or nucleic-acid bases) in
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.