Definition of series in English:



  • 1A number of events, objects, or people of a similar or related kind coming one after another.

    ‘the explosion was the latest in a series of accidents’
    ‘he gave a series of lectures on modern art’
    • ‘During this period, a series of abductions took place, suggesting that he might have been involved in these cases.’
    • ‘Both teams began the game with a series of handling errors and no one was able to gain the upper hand.’
    • ‘Now a new scheme is to be discussed at a series of public meetings.’
    • ‘The operation was part of a series of drug raids in the Bolton area.’
    • ‘I could take hours describing the series of events that lead up to this.’
    • ‘But a series of unexpected events make Rafael take a look at his situation.’
    • ‘You might have planned out a whole series of attacks, but one inopportune roll and your turn is over.’
    • ‘The leaders of various intelligence agencies worry about a series of high-profile events this summer.’
    • ‘The frustrated escape attempt was followed by a series of violent attacks early Wednesday morning.’
    • ‘The book presents a series of possible solutions to this problem of affordable access.’
    • ‘The result was a series of seven front-page articles on the subject.’
    • ‘The event featured a series of panel discussions related to issues of media.’
    • ‘The unions have launched a series of meetings with the Co-op funeral company managers.’
    • ‘Over the Christmas period there were a series of reminders of just what that mania has meant for transport.’
    • ‘The crucial break came in the sixth game, a series of magnificent backhands from Federer engineering the opportunity.’
    • ‘He has been conducting a series of workshops around the country on wartime journalism ethics.’
    • ‘Instead, the book presents a series of glimpses into the lives of the nation's first families.’
    • ‘The heart of the book is a series of chess problems followed by extremely detailed solutions.’
    • ‘How this affects each couple is found in a series of vignettes that follow.’
    • ‘But all the 10 people arrested in a series of raids were later released.’
    sequence, succession, string, chain, concatenation, train, run, chapter, round, progression, procession
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    1. 1.1 A set of books, periodicals, or other documents published in a common format or under a common title.
      ‘the first four books in the Toybox Science series’
      ‘a series of travel books’
      • ‘She has written the final title in her series of books on popular dance traditions of India.’
      • ‘The answer to Moorhead's prayer came by way of a series of books from the pen of Edwards on the nature of true spirituality.’
      • ‘The recipe is to feature in the next book of the series, to be published in September.’
      • ‘Mary Poppins was the first in a series of books about the title character - a magical English nanny.’
      • ‘The latest title in the series is published in June and Amazon says it has already received more than 100,000 orders.’
      • ‘Most of these references are to a series of books where a medium channels an entity named Seth.’
      • ‘Most recently she has published a series of small spell books that are really good.’
      • ‘One of a series of books on cooking worldwide, this one has everything you need to know about the regional specialities of Europe.’
      • ‘He published a series of books on the Sami language, names and folklore.’
      • ‘He published several series titled Hot Spring Notes, which he had begun during the war.’
      • ‘I've always thought it bad form to start adapting a series of books with a late entry.’
      • ‘This is the second in a series of books in which the renowned novelist and her son retell Aesop's tales.’
      • ‘Well, there was a series of books called the Nancy Drew Mystery Series.’
      • ‘They edit a series of books about poetics through the University of Alabama Press.’
      • ‘This is the latest in a series of books to collect those studies.’
      • ‘She decided to start with a series of books about girls like Alicia and her friends.’
      • ‘In a series of books from the 1960s he searched for a theory of world society.’
      • ‘It is intended to publish a series of similar novels based on Irish history and mythology.’
      • ‘He was at the same time working on a series of children's books to elaborate for children how the different races came to Guyana.’
      • ‘She has published a series of books for adults and children and has won scores of honours.’
    2. 1.2 A set of games played between two teams.
      ‘the Test series against Australia’
      • ‘He must be a guy who can be counted on to play well and play often when the game, the series, the season, are on the line.’
      • ‘We've got a game tomorrow that is probably the most pivotal game of the series, and we understand that.’
      • ‘Once a playoff series commences, each game played is subjected to even closer scrutiny.’
      • ‘The moment is dramatic and emotional whether the final series lasts four games or seven.’
      • ‘It is the last game and the series and the team is battling to avoid the bottom spot.’
      • ‘This isn't the first year a team has gone into a series and played low-scoring games.’
      • ‘When Fox went down with a torn tendon in his left foot in the fourth game of the Minnesota series, the team rallied.’
      • ‘Such was the difference in the strength of the respective teams that the series never rose above mediocrity.’
      • ‘Each series requires the same playoff intensity, the same passion, the same work ethic.’
      • ‘He already has added to clubhouse chemistry and was instrumental in last weekend's series against the Cubs.’
      • ‘It was also great to see the Spurs take out the Lakers, blowing out Los Angeles in the final game of the series.’
      • ‘Each of those teams has a starter who is capable of winning two games in a playoff series.’
      • ‘If the Twins split the first two games of the division series on the road, look out when they return home.’
      • ‘Somewhere that doesn't convince us that will help the team win a playoff series.’
      • ‘Both teams squared away the three-game test series in front of appreciative crowds.’
      • ‘They won a playoff series for the first time.’
      • ‘After three games, you get a feel for a series, but these teams seem to be really even.’
      • ‘Recent history shows the visiting team in this series is more likely to win the game.’
      • ‘Two days later, the teams engaged in the highest scoring game of the series.’
      • ‘Now it's on to Game 7 for a series that has given us everything we could have hoped for and then some.’
    3. 1.3 A range of products sharing features of design or assembly and marketed with a separate number from other lines.
      ‘early models of the 600D series incorporated a centrifugal oil filter’
      ‘a series III SWB Land Rover’
      • ‘They are not going to look favorably on the idea that the A300 series may have a design flaw.’
      • ‘They've had to bring forward plans to install Rover K series engines which they intend to complete within the next two to three months.’
      • ‘Siemens 45 series phones are less affected and can be resuscitated after about two minutes of work.’
      • ‘Many users say that HP's decision to discontinue the e3000 series line is premature.’
      • ‘Its current line includes five F series forwarders and two H series harvesters.’
    4. 1.4 A set of stamps, banknotes, or coins issued at a particular time.
      ‘a series of five stamps issued today to mark the 14th World Orchid Conference’
      • ‘There could be a whole series of Peanuts stamps and there probably will be.’
      • ‘Should a collector complete all the denominations in a coin series?’
      • ‘The first coin in the series was Delaware, which chooses an image of a man riding a horse.’
  • 2A set or sequence of related television or radio programmes.

    ‘a new drama series’
    • ‘Did you know that Lee created the Kung Fu television series but wasn't allowed to star in it himself?’
    • ‘The drama series is produced by BBC Wales and will be transmitted later next year.’
    • ‘They're making a six-part documentary series about an English family chasing their dream of living in a Scottish castle.’
    • ‘Nearly all television runs of the series actually showed the episodes in different orders.’
    • ‘As a television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has always been a bit of an odd duck.’
    • ‘About two or three year ago Yorkshire Television did a series on great houses.’
    • ‘A radio drama series written, set and recorded in Nigeria has won two prestigious awards.’
    • ‘The most serious crisis, however, was over the showing on national television of a series called River Elegy.’
    • ‘Indeed, he made his television debut in the series at the sprightly age of 75.’
    • ‘These are just some of the issues that National Radio's new BBC series The Asian Family explores.’
    • ‘He is now working on a three-part TV series called Homecoming, and a feature film, Liverpool Leopard.’
    • ‘Civil naming ceremonies were made popular by the hit TV drama series Cold Feet - which is made in Manchester.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, she is seeking solace in a new TV series called Monk - about a hypochondriac detective.’
    • ‘It reminds me of an episode from a criminally underrated television series, News Radio.’
    • ‘His progress will form the basis of a television series to be broadcast in the US next spring.’
    • ‘Because of the risks of losing money here, the series producer may have decided to make several much cheaper and safer programmes in the series.’
    • ‘The series has delighted television executives with its unprecedented success.’
    • ‘This pilot led to a full radio series, which quickly won a prestigious Sony Award.’
    • ‘The show will be on the slopes in St Moritz to present the first programme in this new ten programme series.’
    • ‘Of course children's series have a problem with realism that adult dramas don't.’
    set of programmes, programme, production, serial
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  • 3Music

    another term for tone row
    • ‘The odd notes in the series represent a rising chromatic scale; the evens, a falling one.’
  • 4as modifier Denoting electrical circuits or components arranged so that the current passes through each successively.

    ‘a series circuit’
    The opposite of parallel
    ‘the series connection of the two coils’
    • ‘A series resistor and parallel cap were not as effective as a series inductor and the cap.’
    • ‘In a series circuit with two or more bulbs, which bulb lights first when the circuit is closed?’
  • 5Geology
    (in chronostratigraphy) a range of strata corresponding to an epoch in time, being a subdivision of a system and itself subdivided into stages.

    ‘the Pliocene series’
    • ‘It seeks to achieve the precise definition of systems, series, and stages by the use of fossils within the Phanerozoic rocks.’
    • ‘These series are chemically defined subdivisions of the Arequita Formation.’
    • ‘A thinner series of these rocks occurs on top of horsts of Jurassic rocks.’
  • 6Chemistry
    A set of elements with common properties or of compounds related in composition or structure.

    ‘the metals of the lanthanide series’
    • ‘Good examples of a series of elements in the same family are the transition metals.’
    • ‘These differences are noticed in all of the other isomers within the series.’
  • 7Mathematics
    A set of quantities constituting a progression or having the several values determined by a common relation.

    • ‘A geometric series is defined as having a constant ratio between consecutive terms.’
    • ‘You'll have spotted a fundamental property of this ratio when you find the limiting value of the new series!’
    • ‘You are likely to have already met perhaps the most important series which is the geometric progression.’
    • ‘The main research topics which Genocchi worked on were number theory, series and the integral calculus.’
    • ‘The puzzle here is that only one of these two puzzles involves the Fibonacci number series!’
  • 8Phonetics
    A group of speech sounds having at least one phonetic feature in common but distinguished in other respects.

    ‘the voiced plosive series [b], [d], [g]’


  • in series

    • (of a set of batteries or electrical components) arranged so that the current passes through each successively.

      ‘the four field coils are connected in series’
      ‘a current-sensing relay which is in series with the heater element’
      • ‘The panels themselves can be wired together in parallel or in series to produce a variety of currents suitable for almost any use.’
      • ‘In extensive plants, it is also possible to connect the circuit-breakers in series.’
      • ‘The prismatic 9V cells, as used in smoke detectors, contain six small cells wired in series.’
      • ‘There are a few laws of physics and other parameters that must be considered before adding an amplifier in series with a coaxial cable line.’
      • ‘It is connected in series between the utility power supply and the load.’
      • ‘In the Tandem Cell there are two photo catalytic cells arranged in series.’
      • ‘If you hook two batteries in series to get 3 volts, what does that do to the strength of the magnet?’
      • ‘Change your luck by wiring two 12V car batteries in series to get your engine started.’
      • ‘So to get the voltage needed for common applications, cells are assembled in series to form a fuel cell stack.’
      • ‘The resistor will absorb some of the voltage across it when we place it in series with the resistor.’


Early 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘row, chain’, from serere ‘join, connect’.