Se"quence (sē"kwens), n.
[F. séquence, L. sequentia, fr. sequens.
See Sequent.] 1. The state of being
sequent; succession; order of following; arrangement.
How art thou a king
But by fair sequence and succession?
Sequence and series of the seasons of the
2. That which follows or succeeds as an
effect; sequel; consequence; result.
The inevitable sequences of sin and
punishment. Bp. Hall.
3. (Philos.) Simple succession, or the
coming after in time, without asserting or implying causative energy;
as, the reactions of chemical agents may be conceived as merely
4. (Mus.) (a) Any
succession of chords (or harmonic phrase) rising or falling by the
regular diatonic degrees in the same scale; a succession of similar
harmonic steps. (b) A melodic phrase or
passage successively repeated one tone higher; a rosalia.
5. (R.C.Ch.) A hymn introduced in the
Mass on certain festival days, and recited or sung immediately before
the gospel, and after the gradual or introit, whence the name.
Originally the sequence was called a Prose,
because its early form was rhythmical prose.
6. (Card Playing) (a)
(Whist) Three or more cards of the same suit in
immediately consecutive order of value; as, ace, king, and queen; or
knave, ten, nine, and eight. (b) (Poker)
All five cards, of a hand, in consecutive order as to value, but
not necessarily of the same suit; when of one suit, it is called a