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seriate Syllabification: se·ri·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈsirēˌāt/

Definition of seriate in English:


Arranged or occurring in one or more series.
Example sentences
  • The charcoal consists entirely of pycnoxylic coniferopsid wood characterized by 30-40 m diameter tracheids with contiguous, oval, seriate, alternate, bordered pitting on their radial walls and blank tangential walls.


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Arrange (items) in a sequence according to prescribed criteria.
Example sentences
  • When seriating sites based on percentages of different ceramic types, for example, the ceramic types are the classes and the site assemblages (containing varying proportions of the types) are the groups.
  • It was Piaget who first discussed the ability to seriate as a developmental phenomenon.
  • Alternative seriation goals can determine which criteria an analyst chooses to use to optimally seriate targets/responses.


Mid 19th century: back-formation from seriation, from series.



Pronunciation: /ˌsi(ə)rēˈāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Conversely, the extrinsic properties of artifacts can provide chronological information that seriation cannot.
  • It is also possible that the seriation does not accurately reflect the temporal duration of zone decorations or that the radiocarbon dates from Bluegrass do not accurately reflect the span of occupation of the site.
  • The classes used in seriation are chronological types, also called ‘historical’ or ‘temporal’ types.

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