processing meaning

[ prəu'sesiŋ ]   "processing" in a sentence
  • Noun: processing  prowsesing
    1. Preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure
      "the processing of newly arrived immigrants"; "the processing of ore to obtain minerals"
    Verb: process  prowses
    1. Subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
      "process cheese"; "process hair"
      - treat 
    2. Deal with in a routine way
      "process a loan"; "process the applicants" 
    3. Perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information
      "The results of the elections were still being processed when he gave his acceptance speech" 
    4. Institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
      "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"
      - action, sue, litigate 
    5. March in a procession
      "They processed into the dining room"
      - march 
    6. Shape, form, or improve a material
      "process iron"
      - work, work on 
    7. Deliver a warrant or summons to someone
      "He was processed by the sheriff"
      - serve, swear out

    See also: processor

    Type of: affect, bear on, bear upon, calculate, care, challenge, cipher, compute, cypher, deal, deliver, figure [N. Amer], handle, impact, manage, physical process, process, reckon, touch, touch on, transform, transmute, transubstantiate, walk, work out

    Encyclopedia: Process


  • [Defence]
    (*) 1. In photography, the operations necessary to produce negatives, diapositives, or prints from exposed films, plates, or paper.
    2. (DOD only) A system of operations designed to convert raw data into useful information.
    (JP 2-0)

  • [Computer]
    <data processing, signal processing> Performing some predefined sequence of operations on an input to produce an output or change of internal state; activity specifically involving the computer's CPU.

    The term is often qualified: "data processing" treats digital data, "signal processing" treats analog data (possibly in digital form), "word processing" takes in typed human language input and produces digital documents, image processing transforms digital images.


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  1. sugar processing facilities are expensive to build.
  2. this is called the scouring train in wool processing.
  3. the processing section of our microcomputer is complete.
  4. in batch processing the jobs are run to completion in consequence.
  5. another process modification is the use of solvent processing.

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