Definitions of action

  1. the state of being active; " his sphere of activity"; " he is out of action"
  2. the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field; " the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds"; " gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible"
  3. a military engagement; " he saw action in Korea"
  4. a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
  5. an act by a government body or supranational organization; " recent federal action undermined the segregationist position"; " the United Nations must have the power to propose and organize action without being hobbled by irrelevant issues"; " the Union action of emancipating Southern slaves"
  6. the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; " the piano had a very stiff action"
  7. the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; " a man of action"
  8. the series of events that form a plot; " his novels always have a lot of action"
  9. a process existing in or produced by nature ( rather than by the intent of human beings); " the action of natural forces"; " volcanic activity"
  10. put in effect; " carry out a task"; " execute the decision of the people"; " He actioned the operation"
  11. A process or condition of acting or moving, as opposed to rest; the doing of something; exertion of power or force, as when one body acts on another; the effect of power exerted on one body by another; agency; activity; operation; as, the action of heat; a man of action.
  12. An act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. ( pl.): Habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor.
  13. The event or connected series of events, either real or imaginary, forming the subject of a play, poem, or other composition; the unfolding of the drama of events.
  14. Movement; as, the horse has a spirited action.
  15. Effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of a gun.
  16. Any one of the active processes going on in an organism; the performance of a function; as, the action of the heart, the muscles, or the gastric juice.
  17. Gesticulation; the external deportment of the speaker, or the suiting of his attitude, voice, gestures, and countenance, to the subject, or to the feelings.
  18. A suit or process, by which a demand is made of a right in a court of justice; in a broad sense, a judicial proceeding for the enforcement or protection of a right, the redress or prevention of a wrong, or the punishment of a public offense.
  19. A right of action; as, the law gives an action for every claim.
  20. A share in the capital stock of a joint- stock company, or in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks.
  21. An engagement between troops in war, whether on land or water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action.
  22. The mechanical contrivance by means of which the impulse of the player's finger is transmitted to the strings of a pianoforte or to the valve of an organ pipe.
  23. Another term for a lawsuit. For example, a plaintiff might say, " I began this negligence action last fall after the defendant, Ms. Adams, struck me while I was crossing the street at Elm and Main."
  24. The state of being in motion, as opposed to that of being at rest; the doing of something; the effect of one body or substance upon another; only when singular; something done; conduct; behavior: only when plural; a suit begun by one party against another in a court of law; effective motion, as of machinery; a military or naval engagement.
  25. A state of acting: a deed: operation: gesture: a battle: a lawsuit.
  26. A deed; operation; gesture; a battle; a lawsuit.
  27. The process or mode of acting; operation; activity.
  28. The thing done; deed; a battle; lawsuit.
  29. The state of acting or being active; operation; a deed; conduct; behaviour; gesture in speaking; an engagement between troops of war. A suit or process in the form of claim. The normal or abnormal performance of the function of an organ. The series of events in a piece, called also the subject or fable. The attitude or position of the several parts of the body in a work of art, as expressive of passion. In France, action is a share in the capital stock of a company, equivalent to our term share.
  30. The state of acting or moving; force exerted by one body on another; a deed; a battle.

Usage examples for action

  1. The papers will be full of rumours, and it is just as well if we can keep our line of defence hidden until the time for action comes." – From Whose Bourne by Robert Barr
  2. If you had acted as quickly as others, it might possibly have been thought that there was something not absolutely necessary in your action." – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  3. We may soon see some action. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  4. He doesn't need to understand that your action is make- believe, and not sincere. – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  5. At length our First Brigade was sent into action. – A Narrative of Service with the Third Wisconsin Infantry by Julian Wisner Hinkley
  6. The answer told of his death in action three months earlier. – Up in Ardmuirland by Michael Barrett
  7. He was born for action. – The Blue Envelope by Roy J. Snell
  8. The action brought life to the girl. – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. I was struck by the action. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  10. It's goin' to take quick action to save us, but you're the one to do it." – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman
  11. Possibly he faces the object by his own action. – Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew T. Still
  12. He would not seek the presence of her father until she had seen him and they had settled upon some plan of action. – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  13. Up to this time I had formed no plan of action save to follow the woman. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  14. Nothing, even in my miserable condition, would have pleased me better than a visit from her, But I am not prepared at any time to explain things to her, especially when the explanation is meant to influence her action. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  15. And another that men actually in action neither fear nor even expect death. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still
  16. The Duke laughed his laugh out; then changed on the instant to a man of action. – Arsene Lupin by Edgar Jepson Maurice Leblanc
  17. You and I will decide on a plan of action later on. – The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly by Margaret Burnham