Procession vs Formation - What's the difference?

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Procession is a related term of formation.

As nouns the difference between procession and formation

is that procession is the act of progressing or proceeding while formation is formation.

As a verb procession

is to take part in a procession.



(en noun)
  • The act of progressing or proceeding.
  • (Bishop Pearson)
  • * Trench
  • That the procession of their life might be / More equable, majestic, pure, and free.
  • A group of people or things moving along in an orderly, stately, or solemn manner; a train of persons advancing in order; a retinue.
  • a procession''' of mourners; the Lord Mayor's '''procession
  • * Shakespeare
  • the townsmen on procession
  • A number of things happening in sequence (in space or in time).
  • (ecclesiastical, obsolete, in the plural) Litanies which were said in procession and not kneeling.
  • (Shipley)

    Derived terms

    * proceed * process * processional

    See also

    * march-past * fly-past * cavalcade * motorcade * -cade * cortege * parade


    (en verb)
  • To take part in a procession
  • (dated) To honour with a procession.
  • (transitive, legal, US, North Carolina and Tennessee) To ascertain, mark, and establish the boundary lines of (lands).
  • * Burrill
  • To procession the lands of such persons as desire it.


    * process




    (en noun)
  • Something possessing structure or form.
  • The act of assembling a group or structure.
  • (geology) A rock or face of a mountain.
  • (military) A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc.
  • (military) An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".
  • The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.
  • Synonyms

    * (military grouping of units) battle group, brigade group, task force, combat team * (military arrangement of forces) tactical formation, battle formation