serial

serial [sir′ē əl]
adj.
[ModL serialis < L series, a row, order, SERIES]
1. of, arranged in, or forming a series [serial numbers]
2. appearing, published, issued, etc. in a series or succession of continuous parts at regular intervals
3. of a serial or serials [serial rights to a novel]
4. committing an act, usually a criminal act, repeatedly and, typically, compulsively [a serial murderer]
5. Comput.
a) of or for the transmission of a byte of data one bit at a time, over a single wire [a serial port]
b) having to do with the performing of multiple operations one after the other [serial processing]: cf. PARALLEL (adj. 4)
6. Music
a) designating or of a technique of composition in which various components of music, as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, etc., are arranged in an arbitrary order (a row or set) which serves as a basis for development
b) loosely TWELVE-TONE
n.
1.
a) a novel, story, film, etc. published or presented in serial form
b) any of the separate parts or episodes
2. a periodical publication
serially
adv.

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