proc·ess 1 (prŏs′ĕs′, prō′sĕs′)
n. pl. proc·ess·es (prŏs′ĕs′ĭz, prō′sĕs′-, prŏs′ĭ-sēz′, prō′sĭ-)
1. A series of actions, changes, or functions bringing about a result: the process of digestion; the process of obtaining a driver's license.
2. A series of operations performed in the making or treatment of a product: a manufacturing process; leather dyed during the tanning process.
3. Progress; passage: the process of time; events now in process.
a. The use of the law courts and other fora as a means of seeking redress: the adversarial process; due process of law.
b. The set of actions and events that constitute a legal proceeding or a significant portion thereof: the trial process; the sentencing process.
5. Law A means of compelling a person to appear in court, especially a summons ordering a defendant to appear in court.
6. Biology An outgrowth of tissue; a projecting part: a bony process.
7. Any of various photomechanical or photoengraving methods.
a. A running software program or other computing operation.
b. A part of a running software program or other computing operation that does a single task.
1. To put through the steps of a prescribed procedure: processing newly arrived immigrants; process an order.
2. To prepare, treat, or convert by subjecting to a special process: process ore to obtain minerals.
3. Computers To perform operations on (data).
4. To gain an understanding or acceptance of; come to terms with: processed the traumatic event in therapy.
5. To straighten (hair) by a chemical process; conk.
1. Prepared or converted by a special process: process cheese.
2. Made by or used in any of several photomechanical or photoengraving processes: a process print.
[Middle English proces
, from Old French, development
, from Latin prōcessus
, from past participle of prōcēdere
, to advance
; see proceed
Usage Note: In recent decades there has been a tendency to pronounce the plural ending -es of processes as (-ēz), perhaps by analogy with words of Greek origin such as analysis and diagnosis. But process is not of Greek origin, and there is no etymological justification for this pronunciation of its plural. However, because this pronunciation is not uncommon even in educated speech, it is generally considered an acceptable variant, although it still strikes some listeners as a bungled affectation. · Although the pronunciation for process with a long (o), (prō′sĕs′), is more usual in British and Canadian English, it is an acceptable variant in American English.
pro·cess 2 (prə-sĕs′)
To move along in a procession: "The man in the panama hat offered his arm and ... they processed into the dining room" (Anita Brookner).
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a. the act or process of treating or preparing something by a special method: meat processing.
b. (as modifier): processing methods.
2. (as modifier): processing methods.
3. (Computer Science) computing the activity of performing mathematical and logical operations on data according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information: integrated data processing.
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. In photography, the operations necessary to produce negatives, diapositives, or prints from exposed films, plates, or paper.
2. A system of operations designed to convert raw data into useful information.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
in the hopper In the works, in the making, in the process of realization. The hopper of this expression is the box on the desk of an official of a legislative body. It serves as the receptacle for proposed bills. Consequently anything “in the hopper” is on its way toward realization.
Your show is in the hopper and you might just as well … not worry. (E. J. Kahn, cited in Webster’s Third)
in the pipeline Under way, in action or operation; in the works. This picturesque expression alludes to the use of pipelines for transporting oil. If oil is in the pipeline, it’s well on the way to its destination.
Picturesque Expressions: A Thematic Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1980 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.