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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A manner of proceeding; a way of performing or effecting something: standard procedure.
  • n. A series of steps taken to accomplish an end: a medical procedure; evacuation procedures.
  • n. A set of established forms or methods for conducting the affairs of an organized body such as a business, club, or government.
  • n. Computer Science A set of instructions that performs a specific task; a subroutine or function.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A particular method for performing a task.
  • n. A series of small tasks or steps taken to accomplish an end.
  • n. The set of established forms or methods of an organized body for accomplishing a certain task or tasks.
  • n. The steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding.
  • n. That which results; issue; product.
  • n. A subroutine or function coded to perform a specific task.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or manner of proceeding or moving forward; progress; process; operation; conduct.
  • n. A step taken; an act performed; a proceeding; the steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding.
  • n. That which results; issue; product.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of proceeding or moving forward; progress.
  • n. Manner of proceeding or acting; a course or mode of action; conduct.
  • n. A step taken; an act performed; a proceeding.
  • n. That which proceeds from something; product.
  • n. The modes, collectively, of conducting business, especially deliberative business; specifically, in law, the modes of conduct of litigation and judicial business, as distinguished from that branch of the law which gives or defines rights. It includes practice, pleading, and evidence.
  • n. Synonyms Proceeding, Operation, etc. See process.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  • n. a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work
  • n. a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings
  • n. a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

Etymologies

French procédure, from Old French, from proceder, to proceed; see proceed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French procedure, from Latin procedere ("to go forward, proceed"); see proceed. (Wiktionary)

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