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 summons or writ ordering a defendant to appear in court. Law 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 running software program or other computing operation. Computer Science 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 To serve with a summons or writ. Law 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. To move along in or as if in a procession: "The man in the panama hat offered his arm and ... they processed into the dining room\u201d ( Anita Brookner).