Definition of sequential access in US English:

sequential access


  • Access to a computer data file that requires the user to read through the file from the beginning in the order in which it is stored.

    Compare with direct access
    • ‘I save all kinds of things, especially user options, in sequential Access Files.’
    • ‘Sequential access files are not well suited for storing large amounts of data.’
    • ‘While still incredibly useful, sequential access files are a consequence of a sequential medium such as magnetic tape.’
    • ‘As you can see, with disks, sequential access is much faster than random access.’
    • ‘Some are read intensive and others are write intensive, some favor sequential access and some others are always accessed randomly.’


sequential access

/sēˈkwen(t)SHəl ˈakˌses/