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Definition of "process" []

  • A series of actions, changes, or functions bringing about a result: the process of digestion; the process of obtaining a driver's license. (noun)
  • A series of operations performed in the making or treatment of a product: a manufacturing process; leather dyed during the tanning process. (noun)
  • Progress; passage: the process of time; events now in process. (noun)
  • Law The entire course of a judicial proceeding. (noun)
  • Law A summons or writ ordering a defendant to appear in court. (noun)
  • A series of actions that produce a change or development (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A method of doing or producing something (noun)
  • A forward movement (noun)
  • The course of time (noun)
  • A summons, writ, etc, commanding a person to appear in court (noun)
  • The whole proceedings in an action at law (noun)
  • A natural outgrowth or projection of a part, organ, or organism (noun)
  • A distinct subtask of a computer system which can be regarded as proceeding in parallel with other subtasks of the system (noun)
  • Relating to the general preparation of a printing forme or plate by the use, at some stage, of photography (noun)
  • Denoting a film, film scene, shot, etc, made by techniques that produce unusual optical effects (noun)
  • To subject to a routine procedure; handle (verb)
  • To treat or prepare by a special method, esp to treat (food) in order to preserve it (verb)
  • To institute legal proceedings against (verb)
  • To serve a process on (verb)
  • To develop, rinse, fix, wash, and dry (exposed film, etc) (verb)
  • To produce final prints or slides from (undeveloped film) (verb)
  • To perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information (verb)
  • To prepare (food) using a food processor (verb)

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Use "process" in a sentence
  • "On the upper surface of the axis, the second vertebra, is a peg or process, called the _odontoid process_ from its resemblance to a tooth."
  • "The BoE does "underwrite" to the extent that a bank in the process of swapping what you describe as their IOUs in the interbank settlement process* comes up short due to perversely high outflows vs inflows i.e. it has insufficient cash reserves lodged at the BoE to make good on those obligations caused by account activity and other banks will not lend that bank overnight money, then the BoE will do so to enable all IOUs to be honoured and the system to remain viable."
  • "But through the mists of all these conflicting theories and probabilities two facts of tremendous importance for our modern world emerge in clear relief, namely, that the grand law of the conservation of matter still holds true, and hence that _the matter of our world must have had an origin at some time in the past wholly different in degree and different in kind from any process going on around us that we call a natural process_."