(Ser"i*cin) n. [L. sericus silken.] (Chem.) A gelatinous nitrogenous material extracted from crude silk and other similar fiber by boiling water; — called also silk gelatin.

(Ser"i*cite) n. [L. sericus silken.] (Min.) A kind of muscovite occuring in silky scales having a fibrous structure. It is characteristic of sericite schist.

(||Ser`ic*te"ri*um) n. [See Sericeous.] (Zoöl.) A silk gland, as in the silkworms.

(Ser"i*cul`ture) n. [See Sericeous, and Culture.] The raising of silkworms.

(Se"rie) n. [Cf. F. série.] Series. [Obs.]

(||Ser`i*e"ma) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A large South American bird (Dicholophus, or Cariama cristata) related to the cranes. It is often domesticated. Called also cariama.

(Se"ries) n. [L. series, fr. serere, sertum, to join or bind together; cf. Gr. to fasten, Skr. sarit thread. Cf. Assert, Desert a solitude, Exert, Insert, Seraglio.]

1. A number of things or events standing or succeeding in order, and connected by a like relation; sequence; order; course; a succession of things; as, a continuous series of calamitous events.

During some years his life a series of triumphs.

2. (Biol.) Any comprehensive group of animals or plants including several subordinate related groups.

Sometimes a series includes several classes; sometimes only orders or families; in other cases only species.

3. (Math.) An indefinite number of terms succeeding one another, each of which is derived from one or more of the preceding by a fixed law, called the law of the series; as, an arithmetical series; a geometrical series.

(Ser"in) n. [F. serin.] (Zoöl.) A European finch (Serinus hortulanus) closely related to the canary.

(Ser"ine) n. [L. sericus silken.] (Chem.) A white crystalline nitrogenous substance obtained by the action of dilute sulphuric acid on silk gelatin.

(Se`ri*o-com"ic Se`ri*o-com"ic*al) a. Having a mixture of seriousness and sport; serious and comical.

(Se"ri*ous) a. [L. serius: cf. F. sérieux, LL. seriosus.]

1. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile.

He is always serious, yet there is about his manner a graceful ease.

2. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving. Beaconsfield.

3. Important; weighty; not trifling; grave.

The holy Scriptures bring to our ears the most serious things in the world.

4. Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury.

Syn. — Grave; solemn; earnest; sedate; important; weighty. See Grave.

Se"ri*ous*ly, adv.Se"ri*ous*ness, n.

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