- a systematic series of actions directed to some end: to devise a process for homogenizing milk.
- a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner: the process of decay.
- the summons, mandate, or writ by which a defendant or thing is brought before court for litigation.
- the whole course of the proceedings in an action at law.
- Photography. photomechanical or photoengraving methods collectively.
- Biology, Anatomy. a natural outgrowth, projection, or appendage: a process of a bone.
- the action of going forward or on.
- the condition of being carried on.
- course or lapse, as of time.
- conk4(defs 1, 2).
- to treat or prepare by some particular series of actions, as in manufacturing.
- to handle (papers, records, etc.) by systematically organizing them, recording or making notations on them, following up with appropriate action, or the like: to process mail.
- to require (someone) to answer questionnaires, perform various tasks, and sometimes to undergo physical and aptitude classification examinations before the beginning or termination of a period of service: The army processes all personnel entering or leaving the service.
- to convert (an agricultural commodity) into marketable form by a special series of steps, as pasteurization.
- to institute a legal process against; prosecute.
- to serve a process or summons on.
- Computers. to carry out operations on (data or programs).
- conk4(def 3).
- to undergo the activities involved in hiring or firing personnel: The recruits expected to process in four days.
- prepared or modified by an artificial process or procedure: process cheese.
- noting, pertaining to, or involving photomechanical or photoengraving methods: a process print.
- Informal. of or relating to hair that has been conked, or chemically straightened.
- Movies. created by or used in process cinematography: a moving background on a process screen.
Origin of process
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Examples from the Web for process
In the process, we get straightjacketed into emotionally distant, competitive lives.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Or how much richer a few rich Mexicans are going to get in the process?Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
Then we all have to do our part to engage the officers and our community, and hold everyone accountable in the process.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
“The process of getting the approval is too slow and is too cumbersome,” Rogers said.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
The process of co-opting black music and selling it back to the adoring public in whiteface is as American as apple pie.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
In the course of this process he fell into adventures, some of them, perhaps, unedifying.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This process is performed by girls, with the aid of what is called a “bob” or “glazer.”The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
Proceed with the remainder of the process as in canning peaches.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Many, indeed, affirmed that the process was already near its consummation.The Man of Adamant
If he is wicked and she can sort of make him over, like an old dress, she revels in the process.In the Midst of Alarms
- a series of actions that produce a change or developmentthe process of digestion
- a method of doing or producing something
- a forward movement
- the course of time
- a summons, writ, etc, commanding a person to appear in court
- the whole proceedings in an action at law
- a natural outgrowth or projection of a part, organ, or organism
- a distinct subtask of a computer system which can be regarded as proceeding in parallel with other subtasks of the system
- (modifier) relating to the general preparation of a printing forme or plate by the use, at some stage, of photography
- (modifier) denoting a film, film scene, shot, etc, made by techniques that produce unusual optical effects
- to subject to a routine procedure; handle
- to treat or prepare by a special method, esp to treat (food) in order to preserve itto process cheese
- to institute legal proceedings against
- to serve a process on
- to develop, rinse, fix, wash, and dry (exposed film, etc)
- to produce final prints or slides from (undeveloped film)
- computing to perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information
- to prepare (food) using a food processor
- (intr) to proceed in or as if in a procession
Word Origin and History for process
early 14c., "fact of being carried on" (e.g. in process), from Old French proces "a journey; continuation, development; legal trial" (13c.) and directly from Latin processus "a going forward, advance, progress," from past participle stem of procedere "go forward" (see proceed).
Meaning "course or method of action" is from mid-14c.; sense of "continuous series of actions meant to accomplish some result" (the main modern sense) is from 1620s. Legal sense of "course of action of a suit at law" is attested from early 14c.
1530s, "begin legal action against," from Middle French processer "to prosecute," from proces (see process (n.)). Meaning "prepare by special process" is from 1881, from the noun in English. Of persons, "to register and examine," by 1935. Related: Processed; processing.
"to go in procession," 1814, "A colloquial or humorous back-formation" from procession [OED]. Accent on second syllable.