pro·ceed·ing n
1: a particular step or series of steps in the enforcement, adjudication, or administration of rights, remedies, laws, or regulations: as
a: an action, hearing, trial, or application before the court
collateral proceeding: a proceeding that concerns an order, motion, petition, or writ deriving from or sought in relation to another proceeding (as a trial)
a collateral proceeding on a motion to have the judge in a pending trial disqualified; esp: one in which a collateral attack on a judgment is made
sought to avoid the effect of the judgment in a collateral proceeding after denial of a direct appeal
core proceeding: a proceeding (as one instituted by a debtor against a creditor) that is integral to the administration of a bankruptcy estate and so falls under the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court
non–core proceeding: a proceeding involving a matter that relates to a bankruptcy case but that does not arise under bankruptcy laws, that could be adjudicated in a state court, and over which a bankruptcy court has limited authority
special proceeding: a proceeding (as for condemnation or disbarment) that may be commenced independently of a pending action by petition or motion and from which a final order affecting a substantial right may be immediately appealed
special proceedings created exclusively by statute where a special procedure is appropriate and warrantedSosebee v. County Line Sch. Dist., 897 S.W.2d 556 (1995)
summary proceeding: a civil or criminal proceeding in the nature of a trial that is conducted without formalities (as indictment, pleadings, and usu. a jury) for the speedy and peremptory disposition of a matter
supplementary proceeding: a proceeding to discover the assets of a judgment debtor; also: a proceeding that in some way supplements another
b: a hearing conducted by an administrative body
c: a criminal prosecution or investigation
2 pl: an official record of things done or said

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun actio, action, action at law, case, cause, conduct of a lawsuit, course of an action at law, dispute, hearing, lawsuit, legal action, legal procedure, litigation, matter, performance, prescribed method of action, prescribed mode of action, procedure, process, prosecution, series of events, step, steps in the prosecution of an action, suit, suit at law, transaction, trial, undertaking associated concepts: abandonment of a proceeding, annulment proceeding, arbitration proceeding, bankruptcy proceeding, bastardy proceeding, certiorari proceeding, commencement of a proceeding, condemnation proceeding, contempt proceeding, criminal proceeding, custody proceeding, discontinuance of a proceeding, enforcement proceeding, equitable proceeding, extraordinary proceeding, filiation proceeding, garnishment proceeding, guardianship proceeding, habeas corpus proceeding, in personam proceeding, in rem proceeding, judicial proceeding, lawful proceeding, legal proceeding, liquidation proceeding, mandamus proceeding, official proceeding, partition proceeding, pending proceeding, plenary proceeding, probate proceeding, public proceeding, quasi in rem proceeding, special proceeding, supplementary proceeding, testamentary proceeding, void proceeding II index business (affair), continuation (resumption), day in court, event, expedient, experience (encounter), happening, incident, lawsuit, manner (behavior), occurrence, operation, procedure, progressive (going forward), step, suit, transaction, trial (legal proceeding)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A lawsuit or legal action; a step or event that is part of a lawsuit; a hearing, inquest, investigation, or other action that takes place before a judicial officer.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) The ordinary process of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution, from the first filing to the final decision.
2) A procedure through which one seeks redress from a court or agency.
3) A filing, hearing, or other step that is part of a larger action.
4) A particular matter that arises and is dealt with in a bankruptcy case.
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. The orderly sequence of events that constitute the progression of a lawsuit or judicial procedure from the time of commencement, through all acts and occurrences, until and including the execution of the final judgment.
@ collateral proceeding
1 One brought to deal with an issue not directly germane to the issue.
2 One instituted for the purpose of modifying the result of a judgment while not nullifying it.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A lawsuit; all or some part of a cause heard and determined by a court, an administrative agency, or other judicial authority. Any legal step or action taken at the direction of, or by the authority of, a court or agency; any measures necessary to prosecute or defend an action.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A lawsuit; all or some part of a cause heard and determined by a court, an administrative agency, or other judicial authority. Any legal step or action taken at the direction of, or by the authority of, a court or agency; any measures necessary to prosecute or defend an action.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   any legal filing, hearing, trial and/or judgment in the ongoing conduct of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution. Collectively they are called "proceedings," as in "legal proceedings."

Law dictionary. . 2013.