"procedure" in the noun sense
1. procedure, process
a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
"the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"
"it was a process of trial and error"
2. operation, procedure
a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work
"the operations in building a house"
"certain machine tool operations"
3. routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure, function
a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings
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