work·​flow | \ ˈwərk-ˌflō How to pronounce workflow (audio) \
variants: or less commonly work flow

Definition of workflow

: the sequence of steps involved in moving from the beginning to the end of a working process improving office workflow … this new upgrade isn't revolutionary. But it does a fine job of streamlining workflow and getting the business done.— Sally Wiener Grotta The site automates and tracks workflow as well. For example, when a subcontractor fills out a request for information, it goes directly to the general contractor, who signs off on it. The request then travels to the architect, then back to the subcontractor.— Lawrence Stevens

Examples of workflow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unexpected work with coolant line No. 5 resulted in a few unusual lulls in the workflow, giving the spacewalkers a chance to marvel at the view of Earth more than 250 miles below during a night pass over Japan. William Harwood, CBS News, "Spacewalkers fix unexpected leak during final work to repair $2 billion cosmic ray detector," 25 Jan. 2020 Its technology helps companies automate industrial equipment such as forklifts and coordinate human and robot workflows. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Warehouse Robotics Startups Drawing Bigger Investor Backing," 7 Jan. 2020 Google has comparable workflows around Chrome, for example. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 The Faceswap workflow consists of three basic steps: Extraction: chop up a video into frames, detect faces in each frame, and output well-aligned, tightly cropped images of each face. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "I created my own deepfake—it took two weeks and cost $552," 16 Dec. 2019 At Dentsply Sirona in Waltham, which manufactures custom components for dental implants, senior process engineer Dan Ron uses Tulip technology to digitize the workflow, including bins that light up to show workers where to find the right part., "Artificial intelligence is everywhere. In our Google searches, in our mobile banking apps, in our thermostats and refrigerators and endless requests for Alexa. At work, AI tells sales reps which accounts they should be pursuing and helps lawyers instantly analyze piles of contracts.," 12 Dec. 2019 So take this as your warning to find a different workflow for your Wi-Fi printing needs as well as another reasons to not depend on Google services. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google starts the countdown clock on Cloud Print, gives users a year to find an alternative," 22 Nov. 2019 The band relied heavily on Colab Notebooks in a Web browser—specifically, the MusicVAE model from Google’s Magenta team—manually inputting the data and then waiting (and waiting) for a fragment of output from this workflow. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album," 31 Aug. 2019 Facebook is now testing a new content moderation workflow that prioritizes this context-first approach to the review process. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook’s New Content Moderation Tools Put Posts in Context," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of workflow

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Workflow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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