process: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pros'es esp. Brit. prō'ses), [key]
— n., pl. proc•ess•es
- a systematic series of actions directed to some end: to devise a process for homogenizing milk.
- a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner: the process of decay.
- 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.
- photomechanical or photoengraving methods collectively.
- a natural outgrowth, projection, or appendage: a process of a bone.
- the action of going forward or on.
- the condition of being carried on.
- course or lapse, as of time.
- conk (defs. 1, 2).
- to treat or prepare by some particular process, as in manufacturing.
- to handle (papers, records, etc.) by systematically organizing them, recording or making notations on them, following up with appropriate action, or the like: to process mail.
- to require (someone) to answer questionnaires, perform various tasks, and sometimes to undergo physical and aptitude classification examinations before the beginning or termination of a period of service: The army processes all personnel entering or leaving the service.
- to convert (an agricultural commodity) into marketable form by a special process, as pasteurization.
- to institute a legal process against.
- to serve a process or summons on.
- to carry out operations on (data or programs).
- conk (def. 3).
- to undergo the activities involved in processing personnel: The recruits expected to process in four days.
- prepared or modified by an artificial process: process cheese.
- noting, pertaining to, or involving photomechanical or photoengraving methods: a process print.
- of or pertaining to hair that has been conked.
- created by or used in process cinematography: a moving background on a process screen.
- process (Thesaurus)