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[wurk-floh] /ˈwɜrkˌfloʊ/
the flow or amount of work to and from an office, department, or employee.
Origin of workflow
1945-50; work + flow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for workflow

1950, from work (n.) + flow (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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workflow in Technology

1. The scheduling of independent jobs on a computer.
See also time-sharing, WFL.
2. The set of relationships between all the activities in a project, from start to finish. Activities are related by different types of trigger relation. Activities may be triggered by external events or by other activities.
3. The movement of documents around an organisation for purposes including sign-off, evaluation, performing activities in a process and co-writing.
[Stef Joosten "An empirical study about the practice of workflow management", WA-12 report, 1994].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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