processing

The noun processing means a complex treatment or process — for example, the processing that coffee beans go through before becoming a hot drink.

Processing is often used to talk about the procedures that are used on food or other products before people buy or consume them. The processing of milk involves heating it to kill bacteria, cooling it, and separating the cream. Wool processing is also complicated, including shearing a sheep, cleaning the fleece, washing it, and carding or combing it. The Latin root of processing is processus, "a going forward or advance."

Definitions of processing
  1. noun
    preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure
    “the processing of newly arrived immigrants”
    “the processing of ore to obtain minerals”
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    blowing
    processing that involves blowing a gas
    data processing
    (computer science) a series of operations on data by a computer in order to retrieve or transform or classify information
    developing, development
    processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
    purification, refinement, refining
    the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
    vulcanisation, vulcanization
    process of treating rubber or rubberlike materials with sulphur at great heat to improve elasticity and strength or to harden them
    administrative data processing, business data processing
    data processing in accounting or business management
    ADP, automatic data processing
    data processing by a computer
    data mining
    data processing using sophisticated data search capabilities and statistical algorithms to discover patterns and correlations in large preexisting databases; a way to discover new meaning in data
    distributed data processing, remote-access data processing, teleprocessing
    data processing in which some of the functions are performed in different places and connected by transmission facilities
    insufflation
    (medicine) blowing air or medicated powder into the lungs (or into some other body cavity)
    list processing
    processing data that is given in the form of chained lists
    multiprocessing, parallel processing
    simultaneous processing by two or more processing units
    operation
    (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)
    priority processing
    data processing in which the operations performed are determined by a system of priorities
    real-time operation, real-time processing
    data processing fast enough to keep up with an outside process
    rectification
    (chemistry) the process of refinement or purification of a substance by distillation
    serial processing
    sequential processing by two or more processing units
    underdevelopment
    (photography) inadequate processing of film resulting in inadequate contrast
    word processing
    rapid and efficient processing (storage and printing) of linguistic data for composition and editing
    type of:
    physical process, process
    a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
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