Definitions

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

  • n. The act of moving along or forward; progression.
  • n. Origination; emanation; rise.
  • n. A group of persons, vehicles, or objects moving along in an orderly, formal manner.
  • n. The movement of such a group.
  • n. An orderly succession: the procession of the seasons.
  • intransitive v. To form or go in a procession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of progressing or proceeding
  • n. A group of people or things moving along in an orderly manner, especially if doing so slowly and formally
  • n. A number of things happening in sequence (in space or in time)
  • v. To take part in a procession
  • v. To honour with a procession

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of proceeding, moving on, advancing, or issuing; regular, orderly, or ceremonious progress; continuous course.
  • n. That which is moving onward in an orderly, stately, or solemn manner; a train of persons advancing in order; a ceremonious train; a retinue
  • n. An orderly and ceremonial progress of persons, either from the sacristy to the choir, or from the choir around the church, within or without.
  • n. An old term for litanies which were said in procession and not kneeling.
  • intransitive v. To march in procession.
  • intransitive v. To honor with a procession.
  • transitive v. To ascertain, mark, and establish the boundary lines of, as lands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go in procession.
  • To treat or beset with processions.
  • In some of the American colonies, to go about in order to settle the boundaries of, as land. The term is still used in North Carolina and Tennessee. Compare to beat the bounds, under bound.
  • n. The act of proceeding or issuing forth or from anything.
  • n. A succession of persons walking, or riding on horseback or in vehicles, in a formal march, or moving with ceremonious solemnity.
  • n. An office, form of worship, hymn, litany, etc., said or sung by a number of persons advancing with a measured and uniform movement.

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

  • n. the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
  • n. the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
  • n. (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin prōcessiō, prōcessiōn-, from Latin, an advance, from prōcessus, past participle of prōcēdere, to advance; see proceed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English processioun, from Old French pourciession, from Latin processio ("a marching forward, an advance, in Late Latin a religious procession"), from procedere, past participle processus ("to move forward, advance, proceed"); see proceed. (Wiktionary)

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  • "In some of the American colonies, to go about in order to settle the boundaries of, as land. The term is still used in North Carolina and Tennessee. Compare to beat the bounds, under bound."

    --CD&C

    May 17, 2012