a particular action or course or manner of action.
proceedings, a series of activities or events; happenings.
the act of a person or thing that proceeds: Our proceeding down the mountain was hindered by mud slides.
proceedings, a record of the doings or transactions of a fraternal, academic, etc., society.
proceedings, Law.
the instituting or carrying on of an action at law.
a legal step or measure: to institute proceedings against a person.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see proceed, -ing1

1, 2, 4. See process. Unabridged
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proceeding (prəˈsiːdɪŋ)
1.  an act or course of action
2.  a.  the institution of a legal action
 b.  any step taken in a legal action
3.  (plural) the minutes of the meetings of a club, society, etc
4.  (plural) legal action; litigation
5.  (plural) the events of an occasion, meeting, etc

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Word Origin & History

1382, from O.Fr. proceder (13c.), from L. procedere "go forward, advance," from pro- "forward" + cedere "to go" (see cede) Proceeds (n.) "results, profits" is first attested 1665, on the notion of "that which proceeds from something." Proceedings "records of the doings of a society" is from 1830.
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Computing Dictionary

proceedings definition

(Proc.) A printed collection of papers presented at a conference or meeting, e.g. "The Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Microelectronics for Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems". Along with learned journals, conference proceedings are a major repository of peer-reviewed research results.

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Example sentences
Some of the skeleton is still in the ground, and the parts that have been
  excavated are locked up in bankruptcy proceedings.
It seems to me the authorities left a lot to be desired in their proceedings.
Mason shuttled between stations, monitoring proceedings in his vehicle.
They receive milder prison sentences and higher damages in simulated legal
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