Meaning – The term serial, refers to a process in which all events occur one after the other; for example, the serial transmission of the bits of a character according to V24 CCITT protocol.
Pertaining to the sequential or consecutive occurrence of two or more related activities in a single device or channel.
Pertaining to the sequential processing of the individual parts of a whole, such as the bits of a character or the characters of a word, using the same facilities for successive parts.
A serial computeris a computer typified by bit-serial architecture – i.e., internally operating on one bit or digit for each clock cycle. Machines with serial main storage devices such as acoustic or magnetostrictive delay lines and rotating magnetic devices were usually serial computers.
Example of usage – “Serial computers require much less hardware than their parallel computing counterpart but are much slower. There are modern variants of the serial computer available as a soft microprocessor which can serve niche purposes where the size of the CPU is the main constraint.”