Pronunciation: (sēr'ē-ul),[key] —n. 1. anything published, broadcast, etc., in short installments at regular intervals, as a novel appearing in successive issues of a magazine.
2. Library Science.a publication in any medium issued in successive parts bearing numerical or chronological designation and intended to be continued indefinitely.
—adj. 1. published in installments or successive parts: a serial story. 2. pertaining to such publication.
3. of, pertaining to, consisting of, or occurring in a series rather than simultaneously: Some societies condemn both polygamy and serial marriages. 4. effecting or producing a series; sequential: The police think a serial killer is responsible for five homicides in this city last month. 5. Computers. a. of or pertaining to the apparent or actual performance of data-processing operations one at a time (distinguished from parallel).
b. of or pertaining 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).
6. Music.of, pertaining to, or composed in serial technique.