One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Absence of (a recognized) sequence; an instance of this.
2Geology. Interruption in the deposition of adjacent conformable strata that was too short (in geological terms) for significant erosion to take place and consequently has to be inferred from a gap in the fossil record; an instance of this.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From non- + sequence.
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