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SERIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does serial mean? 

SERIAL (noun)
  The noun SERIAL has 2 senses:

1. a serialized set of programs
2. a periodical that appears at scheduled times

  Familiarity information: SERIAL used as a noun is rare.


SERIAL (adjective)
  The adjective SERIAL has 4 senses:

1. in regular succession without gaps
2. pertaining to or composed in serial technique
3. pertaining to or occurring in or producing a series
4. of or relating to the sequential performance of multiple operations

  Familiarity information: SERIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SERIAL (noun)


Sense 1serial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A serialized set of programs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

serial; series

Context examples:

a comedy series / the Masterworks concert series

Hypernyms ("serial" is a kind of...):

broadcast; program; programme (a radio or television show)

Meronyms (parts of "serial"):

episode; installment; instalment (a part of a broadcast serial)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "serial"):

soap opera (a serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products))

tetralogy (a series of four related works (plays or operas or novels))


Sense 2serial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A periodical that appears at scheduled times

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

serial publication; serial; series

Hypernyms ("serial" is a kind of...):

periodical (a publication that appears at fixed intervals)

Meronyms (parts of "serial"):

installment; instalment (a part of a published serial)

Meronyms (members of "serial"):

issue; number (one of a series published periodically)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "serial"):

semiweekly (a periodical that is published twice each week (or 104 issues per year))

weekly (a periodical that is published every week (or 52 issues per year))

semimonthly (a periodical that is published twice each month (or 24 issues per year))

monthly (a periodical that is published every month (or 12 issues per year))

quarterly (a periodical that is published every quarter (or four issues per year))

bimonthly (a periodical that is published twice a month or every two months (either 24 or 6 issues per year))

biweekly (a periodical that is published twice a week or every two weeks (either 104 or 26 issues per year))


SERIAL (adjective)


Sense 1serial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In regular succession without gaps

Synonyms:

successive; serial; sequential; sequent; consecutive

Context example:

serial concerts

Similar:

ordered (having a systematic arrangement; especially having elements succeeding in order according to rule)


Sense 2serial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pertaining to or composed in serial technique

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

serial music

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Pertainym:

serialism (20th century music that uses a definite order of notes as a thematic basis for a musical composition)


Sense 3serial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pertaining to or occurring in or producing a series

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

serial monogamy / serial killing / a serial killer / serial publication

Pertainym:

series (similar things placed in order or happening one after another)


Sense 4serial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the sequential performance of multiple operations

Synonyms:

in series; nonparallel; serial

Context example:

serial processing

Similar:

asynchronous (not synchronous; not occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)


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