Meaning – The term process, refers to the course of events that occurs during the execution of all or part of a program. This can be anything from a small background task, such as a spell-checker or system events handler to a full-blown application like Internet Explorer or Microsoft Word.
The term “process” can also be used as a verb, which means to perform a series of operations on a set of data.
In general, process refers to a set of predetermined rules in place that must be followed.
Example of usage – “You may only have three programs running, but there may be twenty active processes. You can view active processes in Windows by opening the Task Manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and click Task Manager). On a Mac, you can see active processes by opening Activity Monitor (in the Applications?Utilities folder).”