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physical process

Definition:

a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

Class:

noun (persons, places, or things)

Plural:

physical processes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

process

Etymology:

"fact of being carried on" (for example, in process), from Old French proces...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Physical change | Physical changes

changes affecting the form of a chemical substance, but do not change the chemical composition of that substance. Physical changes are used to separate mixtures into their component compounds, but can not usually be used to separate compounds into ... (39 of 652 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Physical change

Collins Dictionary:

process | handle [synonym, sense-specific]

a series of actions that produce a change or development | a method of doing or producing something | a forward movement | the course of time | a ... (25 of 669 words, 19 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/process

American Heritage Dictionary:

process | processes [plural] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle]

A series of actions, changes, or functions bringing about a result | A series of operations performed in the making or treatment of a product | ... (24 of 446 words, 21 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/process

Oxford Dictionary:

process [entry 1] | be in the process of doing something | in the process | in process of time | processable [derived]

a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end | a natural series of changes | a systematic series of mechanized or chemical ... (26 of 330 words, 13 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/process

process [entry 2, intransitive, with adverbial of direction]

walk or march in procession (5 of 62 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/process--2

process [entry 2]

Syllabification: (pro·cess) | walk or march in procession Spell process and the related word processor with one c and a double s. (21 of 60 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/process--2

Random House Dictionary:

process | processes [plural] | conk [synonym, entry 4, definitions 1, 2, sense-specific]

--"v., adj". | a systematic series of actions directed to some end. | a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite ... (24 of 325 words, 23 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/process

Merriam-Webster:

process [entry 1, noun] | processes [plural] | proceeding [synonym, sense-specific] | conk [entry 6, synonym, sense-specific] | progress [synonym, sense-specific] | advance [synonym, sense-specific] | course [synonym, sense-specific] | operation [synonym, sense-specific] | procedure [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"progress", "advance" ; something going on; "proceeding" | a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result ; a ... (22 of 288 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/process

process [entry 2, verb] | prosecute [synonym, sense-specific]

to proceed against by law; "prosecute" ; to take out a summons against ; to serve a summons on | to subject to a special process or treatment (as in ... (29 of 118 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/process show=1

process [entry 3, adjective]

treated or made by a special process especially when involving synthesis or artificial modification | made by or used in a mechanical or ... (22 of 52 words, 3 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/process show=2

process [entry 4, verb, British]

to move in a procession (5 of 22 words, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

process | processes [plural] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | chemical reaction [chemistry] | chemical reactions [chemistry, plural]

A series of events to produce a result, especially as contrasted to product. | [law] The act of serving a defendant with a summons or a writ. | [biology] An outgrowth of tissue or cell. | [computing] A task or program that is or was executing. | ... (43 of 231 words, 10 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/process

New World Dictionary:

process | processes [plural] | processual [adjective, related]

the course of being done: chiefly in "in process" | course (of time, etc.) | a continuing development involving many changes | a particular method of ... (23 of 207 words, 14 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/process

Macmillan British Dictionary:

process [countable] | processes [plural] | in the process of doing something

a series of things that happen and have a particular result ; a series of ... | [law] an official document ordering you to take part in a case in a ... (30 of 154 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/process

process [transitive, verb] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | processes [3rd-person singular present]

to deal with a document officially so that something can happen | to put information into a computer in order to organize it | to treat a substance ... (26 of 130 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/process 15

process [intransitive, formal, verb] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | processes [3rd-person singular present]

to move in a very slow formal way, especially in a procession (12 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/process 28

Cambridge Dictionary:

process [entry 1]

a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result | a series of changes that happen naturally | a method of producing goods in a factory ... (28 of 131 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/process 1

process [entry 2] | processing [noun, derived]

/ˈprəʊ.ses/ /ˈprɑː-/ to deal with documents in an official way | /ˈprəʊ.ses/ /ˈprɑː-/ If a computer processes information, it performs a particular ... (21 of 84 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/process 2

process [entry 3]

/prəˈses/ [formal] to walk slowly (5 of 20 words, 1 usage example)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/process 3

Columbia Encyclopedia:

procedure | action | pleadings | process | suit | summons | trial

in law, the rules that govern the obtaining of legal redress. This article deals only with civil procedure in Anglo-American law (for criminal ... (23 of 58 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0840198​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

process [entry 1] | processes [plural] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle]

a series of actions directed toward a specific aim | a series of natural occurrences that produce change or development | the entire proceedings in a ... (24 of 308 words, 16 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736770​/definition​.html  [offline]

process [entry 2] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | processes [3rd-person singular present]

to move forward in a procession (6 of 37 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736769​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

process

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "fact of being carried on" (for example, in process), from Old French proces "journey" (13th century), from Latin processus ... (22 of 87 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=process

American Heritage Dictionary:

process | processes [plural] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English proces, from Old French, development, from ... | Back-formation from "procession". (12 of 22 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/process

Collins Dictionary:

process

First use: 14th century | 19th century

Origin: from Old French procès, from Latin prōcessus an advancing, from prōcēdere to proceed | back formation from procession

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/process

New World Dictionary:

process | processes [plural]

Origin: Middle English from Old French proces from Latin processus, past participle of procedere: see "proceed" | back-formation from "procession"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/process

Wiktionary:

process | processes [plural] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle]

Origin: Old French procés ("journey"), from Latin processus, past participle of procedo | Back-formation from procession.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/process

Oxford Dictionary:

process [entry 1]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French proces, from Latin processus "progression, course", from the verb procedere (see "proceed"). ... (17 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/process

process [entry 2, intransitive, with adverbial of direction]

First use: early 19th century

Origin: back-formation from "procession"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/process--2

procession

Origin: late Old English, via Old French from Latin processio(n-), from procedere "move forward" (see "proceed")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/procession

Merriam-Webster:

process [entry 1, noun] | processes [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English proces, from Anglo-French procés, from Latin processus, from procedere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/process

process [entry 4, verb, British]

First use: 1814

Origin: back-formation from procession

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procession [entry 1, noun]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Middle English processioun, from Anglo-French processiun, from Late Latin and Latin; Late Latin procession-, processio ... (17 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/procession

Encarta Dictionary:

process [entry 1] | processes [plural] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin processus from process-, past participle of procedere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736770​/definition​.html  [offline]

process [entry 2] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | processes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 19th century

Origin: Back-formation from procession

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736769​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

process

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "process"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "process"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

process [countable] | processes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "process"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/process

process [transitive, verb] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | processes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "process"

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process [intransitive, formal, verb] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | processes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "process"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

process [countable] | processes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "process"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/process

process [transitive, verb] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | processes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "process"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/process 15

process [intransitive, formal, verb] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle] | processes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "process"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/process 28

Cambridge Dictionary:

process [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "process"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "process"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/process 1

process [entry 2]

Audio: North American English pronunuciation of "process"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/process 2

process [entry 3]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "process"

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the Free Dictionary:

process

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "process"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "process"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "process" by speech synthesizer

Audio 4: North American English pronunciation of "process" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

process | processes [plural] | processed [past tense] | processing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "process"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

process

Audio: North American pronunciation of "process"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=proces​02 word=process

process

Audio: North American pronunciation of "process"

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process

Audio: North American pronunciation of "process"

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YourDictionary Audio:

process

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "process" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

process

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "process" by speech synthesizer

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