|Noun||1.||processing - preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure; "the processing of newly arrived immigrants"; "the processing of ore to obtain minerals"|
|(data processing, signal processing)||processing - Performing some
predefined sequence of operations on an input to produce an
output or change of internal state; activity specifically
involving the computer's CPU.|
The term is often qualified: "data processing" treats digital data, "signal processing" treats analog data (possibly in digital form), "word processing" takes in typed human language input and produces digital documents, image processing transforms digital images.