noun, plural proc·ess·es [pros-es-iz, ‐uh-siz, ‐uh-seez or, esp. British, proh-ses-iz, proh-suh-seez] /ˈprɒs ɛs ɪz, ‐ə sɪz, ‐əˌsiz or, esp. British, ˈproʊ sɛs ɪz, ˈproʊ sə siz/.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- procerus muscle,
- process camera,
- process cinematography,
- process colour,
- process costing,
- process engineering
Origin of process
Examples from the Web for process
In the process, we get straightjacketed into emotionally distant, competitive lives.
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|DAILY BEAST
Then we all have to do our part to engage the officers and our community, and hold everyone accountable in the process.
“The process of getting the approval is too slow and is too cumbersome,” Rogers said.
She suggests mindfulness exercises to help us process the emotion before it triggers a response.
This is an example of drawing for process for rapid printing.The Art of Illustration|Henry Blackburn
In this way it is kept in place during the process of welding.The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals|Charles Conrad Sleffel
For commercial purposes the English method of making the spawn into bricks has some advantages over the French "flake" process.
To dive into his clothing was a process facilitated by many an artful dodge.King of Ranleigh|F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
This process would be so arbitrary and inequitable in its operation as to be intolerable.Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government|T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth
- a summons, writ, etc, commanding a person to appear in court
- the whole proceedings in an action at law
- 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)
Word Origin for process
Word Origin 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.