Commentary: PROCEDURE[+event] An action, or a series of actions, intended to produce a specific result. This is probably the most common sense.
The strike halted all government procedures for a month.
What's the most effective procedure for writing a term paper?
I brought legal procedures against John after he insulted me.
He underwent a small surgical procedure on his tonsils.
He began the procedure of obtaining a driver's license.
He didn't know the proper procedure for building a house.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1 4
Commentary: Refers to the set of instructions for an action or series of actions. Clearly not the action itself.
Good cops always operate according to procedure.
I wrote the official company procedure for dealing with customer complaints.
I highly recommend that you follow standard operating procedures when using the spinning saw blade.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: PROCEDURE[+event] A specific kind of action (or series of actions), which is understood to be exhausting and unpleasant.
John soon found that building the shelf by hand was quite a procedure.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: -
Commentary: The small set of steps that forms part of a larger computer program.
I wrote a small procedure that ends the program after twenty minutes.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3