Definition of serial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪəriəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪriəl//
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  1. 1[usually before noun] (specialist) arranged in a series tasks carried out in the same serial order
  2. 2[only before noun] doing the same thing in the same way several times a serial rapist
  3. 3[only before noun] (of a story, etc.) broadcast or published in several separate parts a novel in serial form
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from series + -al, perhaps suggested by French sérial.Extra examples He is wanted for serial murder. Individual engines differ only in their serial numbers. Police are searching for a serial rapist who escaped from prison yesterday. She was the ninth victim of a serial killer. Such people can be described as serial monogamists. The computer will carry out the tasks in serial order. The novel was first published in serial form.
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