Mesne process
Process Proc"ess, n. [F. proc[`e]s, L. processus. See {Proceed}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of proceeding; continued forward movement; procedure; progress; advance. ``Long process of time.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. A series of actions, motions, or occurrences; progressive act or transaction; continuous operation; normal or actual course or procedure; regular proceeding; as, the process of vegetation or decomposition; a chemical process; processes of nature. [1913 Webster]

Tell her the process of Antonio's end. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A statement of events; a narrative. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. (Anat. & Zo["o]l.) Any marked prominence or projecting part, especially of a bone; anapophysis. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) The whole course of proceedings in a cause real or personal, civil or criminal, from the beginning to the end of the suit; strictly, the means used for bringing the defendant into court to answer to the action; -- a generic term for writs of the class called judicial. [1913 Webster]

{Deacon's process} [from H. Deacon, who introduced it] (Chem.), a method of obtaining chlorine gas by passing hydrochloric acid gas over heated slag which has been previously saturated with a solution of some metallic salt, as sulphate of copper.

{Final process} (Practice), a writ of execution in an action at law. --Burrill.

{In process}, in the condition of advance, accomplishment, transaction, or the like; begun, and not completed.

{Jury process} (Law), the process by which a jury is summoned in a cause, and by which their attendance is enforced. --Burrill.

{Leblanc's process} (Chem.), the process of manufacturing soda by treating salt with sulphuric acid, reducing the sodium sulphate so formed to sodium sulphide by roasting with charcoal, and converting the sodium sulphide to sodium carbonate by roasting with lime.

{Mesne process}. See under {Mesne}.

{Process milling}, the process of high milling for grinding flour. See under {Milling}.

{Reversible process} (Thermodynamics), any process consisting of a cycle of operations such that the different operations of the cycle can be performed in reverse order with a reversal of their effects. [1913 Webster]


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  • Mesne process — Mesne Mesne, a. [Cf. {Mean} intermediate.] (Law) Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mesne process — / mēn / n [mesne intermediate, intervening, from Anglo French, alteration of Old French meien middle, from Latin medianus, from medius middle]: process (as a writ) issued in the course of a proceeding Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • mesne process — Process issued between the beginning of a suit and final judgment, especially process in invoking a provisional remedy, such as attachment or civil arrest …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • mesne process — /ˈmin proʊsɛs/ (say meen prohses) noun Law an intervening process in the progress of a suit or action between its beginning and end …   Australian English dictionary

  • mesne process — noun : all process issued after the commencement by original writ or any modern substitute therefor and before the termination of a lawsuit by a writ of execution …   Useful english dictionary

  • arrest on mesne process — Provisional relief by an attachment of the person of the defendant in a civil action …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Mesne — Mesne, a. [Cf. {Mean} intermediate.] (Law) Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mesne profits — Mesne Mesne, a. [Cf. {Mean} intermediate.] (Law) Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mesne — (an Anglo French legal form of the O. Fr. meien, mod. moyen, mean, Med. Lat. medianus, in the middle, cf. mean ), middle or intermediate, an adjective used in several legal phrases. A mesne lord is a landlord who has tenants holding under him,… …   Wikipedia

  • mesne — I adjective coming between, interfering, interjacent, intermediary, intermediate, intervenient, intervening, mean, median, middle, transitional associated concepts: mesne attachment, mesne grant, mesne process, mesne profits II index intermediate …   Law dictionary

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