anything published, broadcast, etc., in short installments at regular intervals, as a novel appearing in successive issues of a magazine.
Library Science. a publication in any medium issued in successive parts bearing numerical or chronological designation and intended to be continued indefinitely.
published in installments or successive parts:
a serial story.
pertaining to such publication.
pertaining to, arranged in, or consisting of a series.
occurring in a series rather than simultaneously:
serial marriage; serial murders.
effecting or producing a series of similar actions:
The police think a serial killer is responsible for five homicides in this city last month.
of or relating to the apparent or actual performance of data-processing operations one at a time (distinguished from parallel).
of or relating to the transmission or processing of each part of a whole in sequence, as each bit of a byte or each byte of a computer word (distinguished from parallel).
Music. of, relating to, or composed in serial technique.
a novel, play, etc, presented in separate instalments at regular intervals
a publication, usually regularly issued and consecutively numbered
of, relating to, or resembling a series
published or presented as a serial
of or relating to such publication or presentation
(computing) of or operating on items of information, instructions, etc, in the order in which they occur Compare parallel (sense 5)
of, relating to, or using the techniques of serialism
(logic, maths) (of a relation) connected, transitive, and asymmetric, thereby imposing an order on all the members of the domain, as less than on the natural numbers See also ordering
noun 1. a form of monogamy characterized by several successive, short-term marriages over the course of a lifetime. serial monogamy noun 1. the practice of having a number of long-term romantic or sexual partners in succession noun a lifestyle involving a series of faithful relationships with different people Word Origin allusion to ‘serial killing’
noun 1. a number, usually one of a series, assigned for identification: the serial number of an automobile engine. serial number noun 1. any of the consecutive numbers assigned to machines, tools, books, etc
- Serial peripheral interface
communications, hardware (SPI) A serial interface in which a master device supplies clock pulses to exchanges data serially with a slave over two data wires (Master-Slave and Slave-Master). This term probably originated with Motorola in about 1979 with their first all-in-one microcontroller. (2003-07-13)
- Serial port
noun 1. (computing) (on a computer) a socket that can be used for connecting devices that send data one bit at a time; often used for connecting the mouse or a modem hardware, communications (Or “com port”) A connector on a computer to which you can attach a serial line connected to peripherals which communicate […]
- Serial presence detect