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procession (n.)

late Old English, "set of persons walking or riding formally or with ceremonious solemnity; a religious procession; the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem," from Old French procession "procession" (religious or secular), 11c., and directly from Late Latin processionem (nominative processio) "religious procession," in classical Latin "a marching onward, a going forward, advance," noun of action from past-participle stem of procedere (see proceed). Meaning "act of issuing forth" from anything is late 14c. Related: Processionary.

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Definitions of procession from WordNet

procession (n.)
(theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost;
the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son
Synonyms: emanation / rise
procession (n.)
the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation;
processions were forbidden
procession (n.)
the act of moving forward (as toward a goal);
Synonyms: progress / progression / advance / advancement / forward motion / onward motion
From wordnet.princeton.edu