the act of moving along or proceeding in orderly succession or in a formal and ceremonious manner, as a line of people, animals, vehicles, etc.
the line or body of persons or things moving along in such a manner.
Ecclesiastical. an office, litany, etc., said or sung in a religious procession.
Theology. the emanation of the holy spirit from the Father and later, in the Western Church, from the Son: distinguished from the “generation” of the Son and the “unbegottenness” of the Father.
the act of coming forth from a source.
verb (used without object)
to go in procession.

before 1150; early Middle English (< Old French) < Late Latin prōcessiōn- (stem of prōcessiō) a religious procession, literally, a marching on. See process, -ion Unabridged
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procession (prəˈsɛʃən)
1.  the act of proceeding in a regular formation
2.  a group of people or things moving forwards in an orderly, regular, or ceremonial manner
3.  a hymn, litany, etc, sung in a procession
4.  Christianity the emanation of the Holy Spirit
5.  rare (intr) to go in procession
[C12: via Old French from Latin prōcessiō a marching forwards]

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Word Origin & History

1103, from O.Fr. procession (11c.), from L.L. processionem (nom. processio) "religious procession," in classical L. "a marching onward," from stem of processum, pp. of procedere (see proceed). Processional "book of hymns for use in processions," is first attested 1440. Verb
process (accent on second syllable) "to march in procession" is an 1814 back-formation.
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in Christianity, organized body of people advancing in formal or ceremonial manner as an element of Christian ritual or as a less official expression of popular piety. Public processions seem to have come into vogue soon after the recognition of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire by Constantine in the 4th century.

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Example sentences
The process he envisages is a technical procession similar to that which
  happened to desktop publishing and printing.
Some of them here and there had fine faces, still it was a procession of misery.
The driver couldn't pass, so joined the procession until he could turn off.
Leaning the bike causes procession of the wheels, turning the bike slightly and
  pulling it upright again.
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