n. A literary work creeping through several issues of a newspaper or magazine. Frequently appended to each installment is a "synopsis of preceding chapters" for those who have not read them, but a direr need is a synopsis of succeeding chapters for those who do not intend to read them. A synopsis of the entire work would be still better.
n. In data communication, the longest chronological distance between point-to-point.
n. In a sequential order such as campaign, election, impeachment, and speaking tour.