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Meaning of process by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    From Old French proces ( “journey” ), from Latin processus, past participle of procedo


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈprəʊsɛs/ ,
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈprɑsɛs/ ,


    process ( plural: processes )

    1. A series of events to produce a result, especially as contrasted to product .
      This product of last month's quality standards committee is quite good, even though the process was flawed .
    2. ( law ) The act of serving a defendant with a summons or a writ .
    3. ( biology ) An outgrowth of tissue or cell .
    4. ( computing ) A task or program that is or was executing .
    5. ( manufacturing ) A set of procedures used to produce a product, most commonly in the food and chemical industries.
    6. A path of succession of states through which a system passes .
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    Etymology 2

    Back-formation from procession .


    • IPA: /prɒˈsɛs/


Explanation of process by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

    2. process cheese
      process hair
    3. perform mathematical and logical operations on ( data ) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information

    4. The results of the elections were still being processed when he gave his acceptance speech
    5. deliver a warrant or summons to someone

    6. He was processed by the sheriff
    7. shape, form, or improve a material

    8. process iron
    9. march in a procession

    10. They processed into the dining room
    11. deal with in a routine way

    12. process a loan
      process the applicants
    13. institute legal proceedings against

    14. He was warned that the district attorney would process him
    1. a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

    2. events now in process
      the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls
    3. a particular course of action intended to achieve a result

    4. it was a process of trial and error
    5. a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant

    6. a bony process
    7. the performance of some composite cognitive activity

    8. the process of thinking
    9. a mental process that you are not directly aware of

    10. the process of denial
    11. a writ issued by authority of law

    Definition of process by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Process, n. [F. procès, L. processus. See Proceed.]

      1. The act of proceeding; continued forward movement; procedure; progress; advance. “Long process of time.” Milton.

      The thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns. Tennyson.

      2. A series of actions, motions, or occurrences; progressive act or transaction; continuous operation; normal or actual course or procedure; regular proceeding; as, “the process of vegetation or decomposition; a chemical process; processes of nature.”

      Tell her the process of Antonio's end. Shak.

      3. A statement of events; a narrative. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      4. ( Anat. & Zool. ) Any marked prominence or projecting part, especially of a bone; anapophysis.

      5. ( Law ) The whole course of proceedings in a cause real or personal, civil or criminal, from the beginning to the end of the suit; strictly, the means used for bringing the defendant into court to answer to the action; -- a generic term for writs of the class called judicial.

      Deacon's process [from H. Deacon, who introduced it] ( Chem. ), a method of obtaining chlorine gas by passing hydrochloric acid gas over heated slag which has been previously saturated with a solution of some metallic salt, as sulphate of copper. -- Final process ( Practice ), a writ of execution in an action at law. Burrill. -- In process, in the condition of advance, accomplishment, transaction, or the like; begun, and not completed. -- Jury process ( Law ), the process by which a jury is summoned in a cause, and by which their attendance is enforced. Burrill. -- Leblanc's process ( Chem. ), the process of manufacturing soda by treating salt with sulphuric acid, reducing the sodium sulphate so formed to sodium sulphide by roasting with charcoal, and converting the sodium sulphide to sodium carbonate by roasting with lime. -- Mesne process. See under Mesne. -- Process milling, the process of high milling for grinding flour. See under Milling. -- Reversible process ( Thermodynamics ), any process consisting of a
      cycle of operations such that the different operations of the cycle can be performed in reverse order with a reversal of their effects.