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processing

[′prä‚ses·iŋ]
(communications)
Further handling, manipulation, consolidation, compositing, and so on, of information to convert it from one format to another or to reduce it to manageable or intelligible information.
(engineering)
The act of converting material from one form into another desired form.

processing

(data processing, signal processing)
Performing some predefined sequence of operations on an input to produce an output or change of internal state; activity specifically involving the computer's CPU.

The term is often qualified: "data processing" treats digital data, "signal processing" treats analog data (possibly in digital form), "word processing" takes in typed human language input and produces digital documents, image processing transforms digital images.

processing

Manipulating data within the computer. For an explanation of how the computer processes data, see computer and review "The 3 C's." "Processing" is appended to a variety of terms, but the word itself always implies "performing" or "doing work" by means of a computer or computer-based device. See centralized processing, distributed processing, batch processing, transaction processing and multiprocessing.
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The nuclear fission chain reaction and radiation leak occurred when workers trying to cut corners by using buckets poured too much of the solution into a processing tank.
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The GDN reported in June last year on the ongoing "futuristic" expansion plans at the plant in Tubli, which included doubling its capacity to 400m litres of sewage a day, and removing unpleasant odours emitted during the wastewater treatment process through the installation of state-of-the-art processing tanks called "sequencing batch reactors.
Process plant specialist Plasticraft, part of NHE, has helped one of the UK's leading manufacturers of aerospace components to optimise its anodising process with the installation of two new processing tanks into an established production facility - one that has continued to operate efficiently since its original installation by Plasticraft in the early 1980's.
The roof repairs prevented rainfall from overflowing a secondary containment basin around the processing tanks of the former Fontana Plating and Polishing shop, said George Baker, emergency response coordinator in DTSC's Cypress office.
When added to processing tanks in the factory, the solutions broke starch down into smaller, more manageable molecules.
SBR technologies consist of processing tanks that bubble oxygen through the water to break down bio-organisms, resulting in water that is suitable for landscaping.
These instruments are suitable for both the end user and OEM markets for applications that include semiconductor cleaning equipment, processing tanks, laboratory equipment, and etching systems.
Latiscent can be added directly to compounding batches, and on-line processing tanks for natural rubber latex and synthetic latex products.
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