Definitions of action

  1. the state of being active; " his sphere of activity"; " he is out of action"
  2. something done ( usually as opposed to something said); " there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
  3. 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"
  4. a military engagement; " he saw action in Korea"
  5. 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
  6. 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"
  7. the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; " the piano had a very stiff action"
  8. the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; " a man of action"
  9. the series of events that form a plot; " his novels always have a lot of action"
  10. a process existing in or produced by nature ( rather than by the intent of human beings); " the action of natural forces"; " volcanic activity"
  11. put in effect; " carry out a task"; " execute the decision of the people"; " He actioned the operation"
  12. 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.
  13. An act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. ( pl.): Habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor.
  14. 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.
  15. Movement; as, the horse has a spirited action.
  16. Effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of a gun.
  17. 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.
  18. Gesticulation; the external deportment of the speaker, or the suiting of his attitude, voice, gestures, and countenance, to the subject, or to the feelings.
  19. The attitude or position of the several parts of the body as expressive of the sentiment or passion depicted.
  20. 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.
  21. A right of action; as, the law gives an action for every claim.
  22. A share in the capital stock of a joint- stock company, or in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks.
  23. An engagement between troops in war, whether on land or water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action.
  24. 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.
  25. 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."
  26. 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.
  27. 1. The performance of any of the vital functions, the manner of such performance, or the result of the same. 2. The exertion of any force or power, physical, chemical, or mental.
  28. The work of a function; a morbid process.
  29. A state of acting: a deed: operation: gesture: a battle: a lawsuit.
  30. A deed; operation; gesture; a battle; a lawsuit.
  31. The process or mode of acting; operation; activity.
  32. The thing done; deed; a battle; lawsuit.
  33. 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.
  34. The state of acting or moving; force exerted by one body on another; a deed; a battle.

Quotes of action

  1. Action is the antidote to despair. – Joan Baez
  2. When you are thrown onto the stage at 17 in such an enormous way, it becomes living on the edge because every step you take, every word you speak, every action you do becomes headline news. And it became, for me, life or death. – Boris Becker
  3. Any time someone carries a picket sign in front of the White House, that is the First Amendment in action – Julian Bond
  4. In bad weather, I spent hours drawing action figures on paper, coloring them, backing them on cardboard, then cutting them out and creating whole stories around their lives. – Terry Brooks
  5. All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are. – Karl Von Clausewitz
  6. In the discharge of the duties of this office, there is one rule of action more important than all others. It consists in never doing anything that someone else can do for you. – Calvin Coolidge
  7. Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action – Ralph Ellison
  8. Reformation ends not in contemplation, but in action – George Gillespie
  9. Right action tends to be defined in terms of general individual rights and standards that have been critically examined and agreed upon by the whole society. – Lawrence Kohlberg
  10. Not that pleading can be taken as a test, for the forms of action notably Debt, ignore the fundamental difference between duties imposed by law and duties created by the will of the parties. – Frederick Pollock
  11. At no point was my career under threat, so I always knew that I would get back into action – Jamie Redknapp
  12. Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought. – Sallust
  13. Fox came to us with the concept for ICE AGE and they came to us with the first draft of the script. They also gave us a mandate to make it into a comedy from what was previously a rather dramatic action concept. – Chris Wedge
  14. A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it. – Thornton Wilder
  15. First, I'd become an avid reader of blogs, especially music blogs, and they seemed to be where the critical -thinking action was at, to have the kind of energy that I associate with rock writing of the 1970s or Internet e -mail discussion lists a decade ago. – Carl Wilson

Usage examples for action

  1. You and I will decide on a plan of action later on. – The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly by Margaret Burnham
  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. 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
  4. 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
  5. He was born for action – The Blue Envelope by Roy J. Snell
  6. It's goin' to take quick action to save us, but you're the one to do it." – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman
  7. 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
  8. At length our First Brigade was sent into action – A Narrative of Service with the Third Wisconsin Infantry by Julian Wisner Hinkley
  9. The answer told of his death in action three months earlier. – Up in Ardmuirland by Michael Barrett
  10. Up to this time I had formed no plan of action save to follow the woman. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  11. Possibly he faces the object by his own action – Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew T. Still
  12. The Duke laughed his laugh out; then changed on the instant to a man of action – Arsene Lupin by Edgar Jepson Maurice Leblanc
  13. I was struck by the action – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  14. And another that men actually in action neither fear nor even expect death. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still
  15. 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
  16. The action brought life to the girl. – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
  17. But the action the story? – Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold by Matthew Arnold
  18. We may soon see some action – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell