Process vs Thread - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between process and thread

is that process is a series of events to produce a result, especially as contrasted to product while thread is a long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.

As verbs the difference between process and thread

is that process is to perform a particular process or process can be to walk in a procession while thread is to put thread through.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

process

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl)

Noun

(es)
  • A series of events to produce a result, especially as contrasted to product.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 27, author=Alistair Magowan, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Bayern Munich 2-0 Man City , passage=But they came up against an impressive force in Bayern, who extended their run to 10 wins on the trot, having scored 28 goals in the process and conceding none.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= T time , passage=Yet in “Through a Latte, Darkly”, a new study of how Starbucks has largely avoided paying tax in Britain, Edward Kleinbard […] shows that current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate what he calls “stateless income”: […]. In Starbucks’s case, the firm has in effect turned the process of making an expensive cup of coffee into intellectual property.}}
    This product of last month's quality standards committee is quite good, even though the process was flawed.
  • (legal) The act of serving a defendant with a summons or a writ.
  • (biology) An outgrowth of tissue or cell.
  • (anatomy) A structure that arises above a surface.
  • (computing) A task or program that is or was executing.
  • (manufacturing) A set of procedures used to produce a product, most commonly in the food and chemical industries.
  • * 1960', Mack Tyner, '''''Process''' Engineering Calculations: Material and Energy Balances'' - Ordinarily a '''process''' plant will use a steam boiler to supply its ' process heat requirements and to drive a steam-turbine generator.
  • * 1987', J. R. Richards, ''Principles of control system design'' in ''Modelling and control of fermentation '''process'''es'' - The words ''plant'' or '''''process''''' infer generally any dynamic system, be it primarily mechanical, electrical, or chemical ' process in nature, and may extend also to include social or economic systems.
  • A path of succession of states through which a system passes.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Robert L. Dorit , title=Rereading Darwin , volume=100, issue=1, page=23 , magazine= citation , passage=We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.}}
  • (lb) Successive physiological responses to keep or restore health.
  • Derived terms
    * due process * due process of law * due-process * process color, process colour * process hot water * process server * process upset

    Verb

    (es)
  • To perform a particular process.
  • We have processed the data using our proven techniques, and have come to the following conclusions.
  • To treat with a substance
  • To think an information over, or a concept, in order to assimilate it, and perhaps accept it as valid.
  • Etymology 2

    Verb

    (es)
  • (mostly British) To walk in a procession.
  • Anagrams

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    thread

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Michael Arlen), title= “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days, chapter=Ep./1/2
  • , passage=He walked. To the corner of Hamilton Place and Picadilly, and there stayed for a while, for it is a romantic station by night. The vague and careless rain looked like threads of gossamer silver passing across the light of the arc-lamps.}}
  • A theme or idea.
  • A screw thread.
  • A sequence of connections.
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  • The line midway between the banks of a stream.
  • (label) A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
  • (label) A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
  • A filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous substance, as of bark.
  • (label) Composition; quality; fineness.
  • * (Ben Jonson) (1572-1637)
  • A neat courtier, / Of a most elegant thread .

    Synonyms

    * (theme) topic

    Derived terms

    * hang by a thread * quadruple thread * screw thread * thread count * thread necromancy * thread pool * threadbare * threader * thready

    Verb

  • To put thread through.
  • thread a needle
  • To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
  • I think I can thread my way through here, but it’s going to be tight.
  • * 2013 , Ben Smith, "[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24503988]", BBC Sport , 19 October 2013:
  • Picking the ball up in his own half, Januzaj threaded a 40-yard pass into the path of Rooney to slice Southampton open in the blink of an eye.
  • To screw on, to fit the s of a nut on a bolt
  • Derived terms

    * threaded (as adjective) * multithreaded

    Anagrams

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    See also

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