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Definition of process noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a series of things that are done in order to achieve a particular result a consultation process to begin the difficult process of reforming the education system I'm afraid getting things changed will be a slow process. mental processes Coming off the drug was a long and painful (= difficult) process for him. Find which food you are allergic to by process of elimination. We're in the process of selling our house. I was moving some furniture and I twisted my ankle in the process (= while I was doing it). see also peace process
  2. 2a series of things that happen, especially ones that result in natural changes the aging process It's a normal part of the learning process.
  3. 3a method of doing or making something, especially one that is used in industry manufacturing processes a new process for rustproofing car bodies
  4. Language Bankprocessdescribing a process This diagram illustrates the process of paper-making. / This diagram shows how paper is made. First/First of all, logs are delivered to a paper mill, where the bark is removed and the wood is cut into small chips. Next/Second, the wood chips are pulped, either using chemicals or in a pulping machine. Pulping breaks down the internal structure of the wood and enables/allows the natural oils to be removed. Once/After the wood has been pulped, the pulp is bleached in order to remove impurities. /…is bleached so that impurities can be removed. The next stage is to feed the pulp into the paper machine, where it is mixed with water and then poured onto a wire conveyor belt. As the pulp travels along the conveyor belt, the water drains away. This causes the solid material to sink to the bottom, forming a layer of paper. At this point the new paper is still wet, so it is passed between large heated rollers, which press out the remaining water and simultaneously dry the paper. / …dry the paper at the same time. The final stage is to wind the paper onto large rolls. /Finally, the paper is wound onto large rolls.
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