When things come in sequence, they come in a specific order. It could be a chronological sequence, a sequence following a pattern (red-blue-brown, red-blue-brown), or a cause-and-effect sequence.

Sequence can also be a verb. When you sequence something, you put it in order. The prom committee had the task of sequencing dance music––even if playing "Celebrate" as the final dance and not the first felt out of sequence to the DJ, it was their call.

Definitions of sequence

n a following of one thing after another in time

“the doctor saw a sequence of patients”
chronological sequence, chronological succession, succession, successiveness
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pelting, rain
anything happening rapidly or in quick successive
a planned recurrent sequence (of crops or personnel etc.)
a continuous chronological succession without an interruption
an unbroken chronological sequence
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temporal arrangement, temporal order
arrangement of events in time

n the action of following in order

“he played the trumps in sequence
chess opening, opening
a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess
successive change from one thing or state to another and back again
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order, ordering
the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement

n serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern

“the sequence of names was alphabetical”
“he invented a technique to determine the sequence of base pairs in DNA”
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cistron, factor, gene
(genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity
a linear sequence of symbols (characters or words or phrases)
a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock
a coordinated sequence of chess moves
Fibonacci sequence
a sequence of numbers in which each number equals the sum of the two preceding numbers
a specific sequence of three adjacent nucleotides on a strand of DNA or RNA that specifies the genetic code information for synthesizing a particular amino acid
dominant gene
gene that produces the same phenotype in the organism whether or not its allele identical
allele, allelomorph
(genetics) either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character
genetic marker
a specific gene that produces a recognizable trait and can be used in family or population studies
homeotic gene
one the genes that are involved in embryologic development
lethal gene
any gene that has an effect that causes the death of the organism at any stage of life
linkage group, linked genes
any pair of genes that tend to be transmitted together
modifier, modifier gene
a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene
mutant gene
a gene that has changed so that the normal transmission and expression of a trait is affected
genes that are not competitors at the same locus
operator gene
a gene that activates the production of messenger RNA by adjacent structural genes
oncogene, transforming gene
a gene that disposes normal cells to change into cancerous tumor cells
a gene that by itself has little effect on the phenotype but which can act together with others to produce observable variations
a normal gene that has the potential to become an oncogene
recessive gene
gene that produces its characteristic phenotype only when its allele is identical
regulator gene, regulatory gene
a gene that produces a repressor substance that inhibits an operator gene
repressor gene
gene that prevents a nonallele from being transcribed
structural gene
a gene that controls the production of a specific protein or peptide
suppresser, suppresser gene, suppressor, suppressor gene
a gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another gene (especially of a mutant gene)
an exogenous gene introduced into the genome of another organism
X-linked gene
a gene located on an X chromosome
Y-linked gene, holandric gene
a gene located on a Y chromosome
extension, file name extension, filename extension
a string of characters beginning with a period and followed by one or more letters; the optional second part of a PC computer filename
linguistic string, string of words, word string
a linear sequence of words as spoken or written
a string that is part of a longer string
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similar things placed in order or happening one after another

n several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys

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repeat, repetition
an event that repeats

n film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie

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film, photographic film
photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies

v arrange in a sequence

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grade, order, place, range, rank, rate
assign a rank or rating to

v determine the order of constituents in

“They sequenced the human genome”
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ascertain, determine, find, find out
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

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