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Meaning of series by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin series, from serere ( “to join together, bind” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈsɪə.riːz/


    series ( plural: series )

    1. A number of things that follow on one after the other or are connected one after the other .
      A series of seemingly inconsequential events led cumulatively to the fall of the company .
    2. ( US, Canada ) A television or radio program which consists of several episodes that are broadcast in regular intervals
      Friends was one of the most successful television series in recent years .
    3. ( UK ) A group of episodes of a television or radio program broadcast in regular intervals with a long break between each group, usually with one year between the beginning of each .
      The third series of Friends aired from 1996 to 1997 .
    4. ( mathematics ) The sum of the terms of a sequence .
      The harmonic series has been much studied .
    5. ( cricket, baseball ) A group of matches between two sides, with the aim being to win more matches than the opposition .
      The Blue Jays are playing the Yankees in a four-game series .
    6. ( biology ) An unranked taxon .

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    series ( not comparable )

    A series circuit
    1. ( electronics ) Connected one after the other in a circuit .
      You have to connect the lights in series for them to work properly .


    External links

    • series in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • series in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • series at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of series by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the sum of a finite or infinite sequence of expressions

    2. a periodical that appears at scheduled times

    3. a serialized set of programs

    4. a comedy series
      the Masterworks concert series
    5. several contests played successively by the same teams

    6. the visiting team swept the series
    7. similar things placed in order or happening one after another

    8. they were investigating a series of bank robberies
    9. a group of postage stamps having a common theme or a group of coins or currency selected as a group for study or collection

    10. the Post Office issued a series commemorating famous American entertainers
      his coin collection included the complete series of Indian-head pennies
    11. connection of components in such a manner that current flows first through one and then through the other

    12. the voltage divider consisted of a series of fixed resistors

    Definition of series by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Series n. [L. series, fr. serere, sertum, to join or bind together; cf. Gr. to fasten, Skr. sarit thread. Cf. Assert, Desert a solitude, Exert, Insert, Seraglio.]
      1. A number of things or events standing or succeeding in order, and connected by a like relation; sequence; order; course; a succession of things; as, “a continuous series of calamitous events”.

      During some years his life a series of triumphs. Macaulay.

      2. ( Biol. ) Any comprehensive group of animals or plants including several subordinate related groups.

      ☞ Sometimes a series includes several classes; sometimes only orders or families; in other cases only species.

      3. ( Bot. ) In Engler's system of plant classification, a group of families showing certain structural or morphological relationships. It corresponds to the cohort of some writers, and to the order of many modern systematists.

      4. ( Math. ) An indefinite number of terms succeeding one another, each of which is derived from one or more of the preceding by a fixed law, called the law of the series; as, “an arithmetical series; a geometrical series”.

      5. ( Elec. ) A mode of arranging the separate parts of a circuit by connecting them successively end to end to form a single path for the current; -- opposed to parallel. The parts so arranged are said to be in series.

      6. ( Com. ) A parcel of rough diamonds of assorted qualities.