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 processing
I was able to be alone while not alone, processing the fact that while I was marching and chanting I could literally die.
After processing in everyone else, the cops took him somewhere for a reminder of their thoughts on “rapos.”
The processing errors of her mind manifested in a few debilitating ways: Her wagers, written with Jeopardy!Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But even as he was receiving awards, the military brass was processing his discharge—they had found out he was transgender.Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban|Tim Mak|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Under Coulson, the processing of news at the News of the World had gone criminal very quickly.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During the processing a thick liquid should exude, covering the pimientoes.American Cookery|Various
After packing the jars and pouring in the sirup, proceed with the processing.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The little boys and girls were standing still part of the time, and processing up and down the chancel at other times.At Ypres with Best-Dunkley|Thomas Hope Floyd
Meat packing, milling, and processing of other agricultural products constitute the city's chief industries.North Dakota|Various
They also provide for some 1401 processing while the transfer of data is taking place.IBM 1401 Programming Systems|Anonymous
- 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.