I have a definition similar to your statement. The definition, "a series of events that led to the current state-of-affairs" basically suggests your statement. My definition has no word, operand, with such a definition, because my word is metaphysical and "post hoc" thinking, as is your statement. The English language contains very few metaphysical words, especially words based on fallacious perceptions. Philosophically your statement and my definition mean nothing.
Yet, human perception understands reality as a series of events, or as day-to-day operations, causing changes in our physical universe (as well as, our understanding thereof). If it were not the case, fiction and storytelling would be meaningless--as would experience, instruction, sciences, and any other mode of operation.
Philosophy cannot see past our post hoc understanding of the world, and thus provides no answer. I do, however, believe that all day-to-day motion acts as a type of causal-chain event engine. For whatever that is worth.