- The definition of a process is the actions happening while something is happening or being done.
- An example of process is the steps taken by someone to clean a kitchen.
- An example of process is a collection of action items to be decided on by government committees.
process definition by Webster's New World
- the course of being done: chiefly in
- course (of time, etc.)
- a continuing development involving many changes: the process of digestion
- a particular method of doing something, generally involving a number of steps or operations
- ☆ a man's hairstyle in which the hair is straightened by applying a chemical preparation and styled
- Anat. a projection or outgrowth from a larger structure, usually a bone: the alveolar process of the jaw
- Biol. an appendage or projecting part of an organism
- an action or suit
- a writ or summons directing a defendant to appear in court or enforcing compliance with a court's orders
- the total of such writs in any action or proceeding
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French proces ; from Classical Latin processus, past participle of procedere: see proceed
- to prepare by or subject to a special process or method
- ☆ to straighten and style (hair) by the use of a chemical preparation
- to prosecute
- to serve a process on
- prepared by a special treatment or process
- of, made by, used in, or using photomechanical or photoengraving methods
- processual adjective
Origin: back-formation ; from procession
process definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. proc·ess·es
- A series of actions, changes, or functions bringing about a result: the process of digestion; the process of obtaining a driver's license.
- A series of operations performed in the making or treatment of a product: a manufacturing process; leather dyed during the tanning process.
- Progress; passage: the process of time; events now in process.
- Law The entire course of a judicial proceeding.
- Law a. A summons or writ ordering a defendant to appear in court.b. The total quantity of summonses or writs issued in a particular proceeding.
- Biology An outgrowth of tissue; a projecting part: a bony process.
- Any of various photomechanical or photoengraving methods.
- Computer Science 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.
- See conk3.
- To put through the steps of a prescribed procedure: processing newly arrived immigrants; process an order.
- To prepare, treat, or convert by subjecting to a special process: process ore to obtain minerals.
- Law a. To serve with a summons or writ.b. To institute legal proceedings against; prosecute.
- Computer Science To perform operations on (data).
- To gain an understanding or acceptance of; come to terms with: processed the traumatic event in therapy.
- To straighten (hair) by a chemical process; conk.
- Prepared or converted by a special process: process cheese.
- Made by or used in any of several photomechanical or photoengraving processes: a process print.
Origin: Middle English proces, from Old French, development, from Latin prōcessus, from past participle of prōcēdere, to advance; see proceed.Usage Note: In recent years 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 neurosis. 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. In a recent survey 79 percent of the Usage Panel preferred the standard pronunciation (-ĭz) for the plural ending -es and 15 percent preferred the pronunciation (-ēz). • Although the pronunciation for process with a long (o), (prōˈsĕsˌ), is more usual in British English, it is an acceptable variant in American English.
intransitive verb pro·cessed, pro·cess·ing, pro·cess·es
Origin: Back-formation from procession.
process - Computer Definition
(1) To manipulate data in the computer. The computer is said to be processing no matter what action it is taking upon the data; whether the data are actually being updated in a database or just being displayed on screen. In order to evaluate a computer system's performance, the time it takes to process data internally is often analyzed separately from the time it takes to get it in and out of the computer. The I/O (input/output) is usually more time consuming than the processing. For an explanation of how the computer processes data, see "Processing" under the term computer. See also process technology.
(2) Software running in the computer. When a computer is booted, numerous processes are started. Some are parts of the operating system, while others are applications that have been designated to run at startup. In a Windows computer, pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del launches the Task Manager, which displays all running processes. In the Mac, the Activity Monitor in the Applications/Utilities folder shows the processes. See Windows processes.
process - Legal Definition
- A summons in writing to compel the appearance or response of a person before a court; the proceedings in a civil or a criminal case; the procedure by which a disobedient or recalcitrant defendant is made to plead.
- Patent law, the method used to produce a thing or result.
process - Medical Definition
noun pl. proc·ess·es
- A series of actions, changes, or functions bringing about a result.
- Advance or progress, as of a disease.
- An outgrowth of tissue; a projecting part, as of a bone.
- process adjective
- process verb
process - Phrases/Idioms
in (the) process of