Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Proceed.
2. (n.) The act of one who proceeds, or who prosecutes a design or transaction; progress or movement from one thing to another; a measure or step taken in a course of business; a transaction; as, an illegal proceeding; a cautious or a violent proceeding.
3. (n.) The course of procedure in the prosecution of an action at law.