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Dictionary Definition

serial adj
1 in regular succession without gaps; "serial concerts" [syn: consecutive, sequent, sequential, successive]
2 pertaining to or composed in serial technique; "serial music"
3 pertaining to or occurring in or producing a series; "serial monogamy"; "serial killing"; "a serial killer"; "serial publication"
4 of or relating to the sequential performance of multiple operations; "serial processing" [syn: in series(p), nonparallel]


1 a serialized set of programs; "a comedy series"; "the Masterworks concert series" [syn: series]
2 a periodical that appears at scheduled times [syn: series, serial publication]

User Contributed Dictionary



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  1. Having to do with or arranged in a series.
    The serial killer had a string of victims across seven states.
  2. Published or produced in installments.


Having to do with or arranged in a series
Published or produced in installments


  1. A work, as a work of fiction, published in installments, often numbered and without a specified end.


A work, as a work of fiction, published in installments


  • DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465, Ch. 6.

Extensive Definition

Serial, anything in the form of a series, can refer to several things:

Art and literature




  • Serial killers, people who, for psychological reasons, murder victims who are generally unknown to them beforehand in at least three different situations
serial in Tosk Albanian: Seriell
serial in German: Seriell
serial in French: Serial
serial in Italian: Serial
serial in Japanese: シリアル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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