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1 : a continuous operation, art, or method esp. in manufacture [whoever invents or discovers any new and useful …may obtain a patent therefor "U.S. Code"]
2 a : procedure see also abuse of process, due process
b : a means (as a summons) used to compel a defendant to appear in court
: a means by which a court acquires or exercises jurisdiction over a person or property see also mesne process compare notice, service NOTE: In civil procedure, service of a summons on a defendant is considered constitutionally sufficient process, although usually a copy of the complaint must also be provided according to the local rule of procedure.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.