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Meaning of procession by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English processioun, from Old French pourciession, from Latin processio ( “a marching forward, an advance, in Late Latin a religious procession” ), from procedere, past participle processus ( “to move forward, advance, proceed” ); see proceed .


    procession ( plural: processions )

    1. The act of progressing or proceeding
    2. A group of people or things moving along in an orderly manner, especially if doing so slowly and formally
    3. A number of things happening in sequence ( in space or in time )

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    • procession in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • procession in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of procession by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of moving forward ( as toward a goal )

    2. the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation

    3. processions were forbidden
    4. the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

    5. the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son

    Definition of procession by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Procession n. [F., fr. L. processio. See Proceed.]

      1. The act of proceeding, moving on, advancing, or issuing; regular, orderly, or ceremonious progress; continuous course. Bp. Pearson.

      That the procession of their life might be
      More equable, majestic, pure, and free. Trench.

      2. That which is moving onward in an orderly, stately, or solemn manner; a train of persons advancing in order; a ceremonious train; a retinue; as, “a procession of mourners; the Lord Mayor's procession.”

      Here comes the townsmen on procession. Shak.

      3. ( Eccl. ) An orderly and ceremonial progress of persons, either from the sacristy to the choir, or from the choir around the church, within or without. Shipley.

      4. pl. ( Eccl. ) An old term for litanies which were said in procession and not kneeling. Shipley.

      Procession of the Holy Ghost, a theological term applied to the relation of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son, the Eastern Church affirming that the Spirit proceeds from the Father only, and the Western Church that the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Shipley. -- Procession week, a name for Rogation week, when processions were made; Cross-week. Shipley.

    2. Procession, v. t. ( Law ) To ascertain, mark, and establish the boundary lines of, as lands. [Local, U. S. ( North Carolina and Tennessee ).] “To procession the lands of such persons as desire it.” Burrill.

    3. Procession, v. i. To march in procession. [R.]

    4. Procession, v. i. To honor with a procession. [R.]