- 1Consisting of, forming part of, or taking place in a series: a serial publicationMore example sentences
- The journal begins serial publication this spring.
- Primary outputs are defined as publications in the serial peer reviewed literature, while the secondary outputs are taken to be evidence based clinical guidelines.
- It does not hold annual meetings or sponsor a serial publication.
- 1.1 Music Using transformations of a fixed series of notes.More example sentences
- He also for a brief time came under the influence of Schoenberg and wrote serial music, all of which (if I remember right) he destroyed.
- For example, forty years ago, not composing serial music meant not being a composer at all, and this was a clear tendency openly registered in books, articles and papers.
- Powers's music from the 1980s deploys a considered synthesis of serial, atonal and tonal techniques.
- 1.2 Computing (Of a device) involving the transfer of data as a single sequence of bits. See also serial port.More example sentences
- The controller can concurrently perform the data transfer to and/or from the parallel and serial devices.
- It is even possible to add servers with a click of a mouse while supporting BIOS-level control of almost any number of servers or serial devices.
- You will see a list of serial devices; note that some will be built-in on your motherboard.
- 1.3 Computing (Of a processor) running only a single task, as opposed to multitasking.More example sentences
- A serial processor executes each iteration through the loop, doing all the work.
- Besides, all neural networks at the moment are simulations that are written in software of an essentially serial nature which runs on serial processors.
- If it won't run on serial processors, then where is the parallel machine that it will run on?
- 1.4 Linguistics (Of verbs) used in sequence to form a construction, as in they wanted, needed, longed for peace.More example sentences
- Similarly, in the Pacific, it has been suggested that there may be Austronesian substratum influence in the serial constructions found in Tok Pisin.
- 2 [attributive] (Of a criminal) repeatedly committing the same offense and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern: a suspected serial rapistMore example sentences
- By throwing an odd assortment of characters into the path of a home-grown serial killer, the film is able to achieve a dramatic density sadly absent from the genre for a number of years.
- So he may just be able to track down a serial killer with a penchant for committing perfect murders.
- These guys all follow set patterns and, like any good movie serial killer, they're too open and flamboyant in their actions.
- 2.1Repeatedly following the same behavior pattern: he was a serial adulterer serial monogamyMore example sentences
- Despite the family image, a book of revelations published by a former chauffeur has painted Chirac as a serial adulterer.
- He gives orders for other human beings to be blown away and he is a serial adulterer, but his power has unexpected limits.
- He was also a serial adulterer, regularly confessing his sins before committing them afresh.
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- 1A story or play appearing in regular installments on television or radio or in a magazine or newspaper: a new three-part drama serialMore example sentences
- Each story in the serial would last a week, being spread over 5 weekday episodes.
- The success of this venture as a magazine serial preceding the book, has the writer planning a sequel.
- Fox is quite a rarity on television, as it is unusual for a serial of the time and of such length to have one author and one director.
- 1.1 (usually serials) (In a library) a periodical.More example sentences
- Hopper also told the senate that there has been about a 25 percent decline in the number of serials purchased by the library in the past five years.
- So when we built the Library at SLAC, we put the serials on punch cards.
- She became a regular columnist for the Associated Negro Press and contributed poetry and reviews to numerous serials and collections.
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- The postcard can be thought of as an ambivalent object, produced between spatial and temporal locations, between seriality and personalization.
- Not only does their very seriality suggest a relentless stream of crime, but the programmes themselves are organised around the repetitive replay of similar footage.
- She has developed a means by which to make chance contend with narrative; lyricism with cacophony and seriality.
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- We can conclude that the course of the play is so arranged that the significance of characters, their appearance, the progress of the scenes are all arranged serially.
- Because average life expectancy was only 21 years, most elders had several spouses - but serially.
- Faithful to her code, Lily is serially monogamous: she dumps each man after a newer, bigger fish swims into view.
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