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Definition of Action

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activity, something that is being done; energetic or vigorous activity; movement, motion; effect; lawsuit; combat
Action Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
facina -oris
Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
See Action theory
Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind
That which we do, in contrast to that which merely happens to us or our parts.
<Discussion> <References> Chris Eliasmith
Action Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
The attitude or position of the several parts of the body as expressive of the sentiment or passion depicted.
  
(n.)
Movement; as, the horse has a spirited action.
  
(n.)
Gesticulation; the external deportment of the speaker, or the suiting of his attitude, voice, gestures, and countenance, to the subject, or to the feelings.
  
(n.)
Effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of a gun.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
An engagement between troops in war, whether on land or water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action.
  
(n.)
An act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. (pl.): Habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
A share in the capital stock of a joint-stock company, or in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks.
  
(n.)
A right of action; as, the law gives an action for every claim.
  
(n.)
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.
  
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action
\ac"tion\ (&?;), n. [of. action, l. actio, fr. agere to do. see act.]
1. 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. one wise in council, one in action brave.
2. an act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. (pl.): habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor. the lord is a good of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. ii. 3.
3. 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.
4. movement; as, the horse has a spirited action.
5. (mech.) effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of a gun.
6. (physiol.) 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.
7. (orat.) gesticulation; the external deportment of the speaker, or the suiting of his attitude, voice, gestures, and countenance, to the subject, or to the feelings.
8. (paint. & sculp.) the attitude or position of the several parts of the body as expressive of the sentiment or passion depicted.
9. (law) (a) 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. (b) a right of action; as, the law gives an action for every claim.
10. (com.) a share in the capital stock of a joint-stock company, or in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks. [a gallicism] [obs.] the euripus of funds and actions.
11. an engagement between troops in war, whether on land or water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action.
12. (music) 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.


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 to clear for action 
 in full action 
 direct action 
 cumulative action 
 cross action 
 grand action 
 back-action 
 breech action 
 law of mass action 
 amicable action 
 unipolar induction action 
 popular action 
 personal action 
 action plant 
 reflex action 
 direct-action steam pump 
 to clear a ship for action 
 transitory action 
 direct-action steam engine 
 civil action 
 quantity of action 
 of action 
 legal action 
 criminal action 
 pneumatic action 
 possessory action 
 possible action 
 joint test action group 
 bail to the action 
 action mechanism 
 action at law 
 mixed action 
 impossible action 
 law of action and reaction 
 action on the case 
 course of action 
 chose in action 
 action of account 
 out of action 
 side action 
 real action 
 carrying into action 
 plutonic action 
The Phrase Finder
Meaning
An active macho type of character.
Origin
Taken from the name of the male doll Action Man.
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
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English Phonetics

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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cadwaith = n. action, battle
Cys = a prefix denoting mutuality of effect or action, of the same force as CYD and CYF
Dwlw = n. action of the mind
Ewyll = n. will, action of mind
Gwaith = n. act, action; work; n. course, turn, time, ad. because, that,
Gweithred = n. action, act
Hynodiaeth = n. notable action
Tafodiaith = n. action of the tongue
Trin = n. management; bustle; trouble; an action, a battle, v. to meddle;
Ws = n. action; effort; ardour
Shakespeare Words
TAKING: litigious
Anagram
      cation
Australian Slang
potentially sexually available people: “checking out the action”
English Slang Dictionary v1.2
recreational activities such as gambling, prostitution and drugs
Low Life Glossary
n. An activity that one is particularly interested in taking part. Used to refer to gambling and similar illegal sports.
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
(hypernym) act, human action, human activity
(hyponym) thing
(derivation) act, move
2. the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
(synonym) activity, activeness
(antonym) inaction, inactivity, inactiveness
(hypernym) state
(hyponym) agency
(attribute) active
(derivation) act
3. 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
(synonym) legal action, action at law
(hypernym) proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings
(hyponym) antitrust case
(derivation) sue, litigate, process
(classification) law, jurisprudence
4. 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"
(hypernym) group action
5. a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
(synonym) military action
(hypernym) group action
(hyponym) amphibious landing
(classification) military, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machine
6. a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
(synonym) natural process, natural action, activity
(hypernym) process
(hyponym) radiation
7. the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"
(hypernym) plot
8. the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
(synonym) action mechanism
(hypernym) mechanism
(hyponym) gunlock, firing mechanism
(part-holonym) gun
(part-meronym) key
9. the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"
(hypernym) drive
10. 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"
(hypernym) work

Verb
1. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
(synonym) sue, litigate, process
(hypernym) challenge
(hyponym) expedite
(verb-group) litigate
(derivation) legal action, action at law
2. put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
(synonym) carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, fulfill, fulfil
(hypernym) complete, finish
(hyponym) get over
(verb-group) follow through, follow up, follow out, carry out, implement, put through, go through
Action Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Company Info: Ticker, Name, Description
Action Performance Companies, Inc.
Exchange: Nasdaq
Markets line of die-cast miniature replicas of actual racing vehicles,together with driver collector cards and apparel and other collectibl es; And provides representation management to top race car drivers in broad range of licensing and other revenue-producing opportunities, including corporate sponsorships,
Action Products International, Inc.
Exchange: Nasdaq
Designs, manufactures, and markets toys, models, science kits, book and collectibles emphasizing nature, space and dinosaurs; And publishes educational books, including children's activity, coloring and sticker books.
ACTION SPORT LIMITED
Exchange: OTCBB
Not Available
Action Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Learning, Performance and Training Definitions
The specific behavior the learner is to exhibit after training.
Donald Clark
Dream Quotations
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this inter-dependence produces the highest form of living.
  
A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.
  
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
  
Dreams die hard and you hold them in your hands long after they've turned to dust.
  
We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.
  
It may be that those who do most, dream most.
  
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
  
If you can dream it, you can do it.
  
All of our dreams can come true -- if we have the courage to pursue them.
  
Action Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Technical English by wpv
Refers to the action of a controller. It defines what is done to regulate the final control element to effect control.
Action Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Electronic Games
Action Game, game gerne where the game is played in realtime, and where reflexes and coordination are stressed as skills over thinking and planning. Famous examples include Doom , Quake,  Half-Life , and Duke Nukem. 
Action games involve the player in the exploration of fantasy worlds in the form of running, jumping, climbing or leaping with the goal of discovering the doorway or exit into the next stage or level . Generally these titles feature cute characters battling a cast of "baddies" and often involve a simple plot such as rescuing a princess. Platform games like Donkey Kong as well as maze games such as Pac-Man fall into this category.
JDK Doc(JAVA)
- interface javax.swing..Action 
public interface Action extends ActionListener 
public static final String DEFAULT
The JFC Action interface provides a useful extension to the ActionListner interface in cases where the same functionality may be accessed by several controls.
- Method in class java.awt.Component 
public boolean action (Event  evt, Object  what)
Deprecated.  As of JDK version 1.1, should register this component as ActionListener on component which fires action events.
DW and OLAP terms
An end user-initiated operation upon a selected cube or portion of a cube. The operation can launch an application with the selected item as a parameter or retrieve information about the selected item.
Action Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
ACTION is a bus service operator in Canberra, Australia.

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Action may refer to:
  • Action (philosophy)
  • Action (physics), an attribute of the development of a system over a period of time
  • Action (fiction), a term or art in fiction
  • Action film, a genre of film
  • Action game, a genre of video game

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Action! may refer to:
  • Action! (programming language), a programming language for the Atari 8-bit family of microcomputers
  • Action! (Desmond Dekker album), 1968
  • Action! (Oh My God album)
  • Action! (novel), the 6th volume of the Nancy Drew: Girl Detective series

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Action Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
Conduct, behaviour, something done. Nomen actionis latissime patere vulgo notum est ac comprehenders omnem omnino viventis operationem quae passioni opponitur.

Human actions have been divided into necessary actions, or those over which man has no control; and into free actions, or such as he can control at his pleasure. As man is responsible only when he exerts his will, it is clear lie can be punished only for the latter.

Actions are also divided into positives and negative the former is called an act of commision the latter is the omission of something which ought to be done, and is called an act of omission. A man may be responsible as well for acts of omission, as for acts of commission.

Actions are voluntary and involuntary. The former are performed freely and without constraint - the latter are performed not by choice, against one's will or in a manner independent of the will. In general a man is not responsible for his involuntary actions. Yet it has been ruled that if a lunatic hurt a man, he shall be answerable in trespass, although, if he kill a man, it is not felony.

French Com.Law. Stock in a company, shares in a corporation.

Practice. Actions are divided into criminal and civil.

A criminal action is a prosecution in a court of justice in the name of the government, against one or more individuals accused of a crime.

A civil action is a legal demand of one's right, or it is the form given by law for the recovery of that which is due. Till judgment the writ is properly called an action, but not after, and therefore, a release of all actions is regularly no bar of all execution. They are real, personal and mixed. An action is real or personal, according as realty or personalty is recovered; not according to the nature of the defence.

Real actions are those brought for the specific recovery of lands, tenements, or hereditaments. They are either droitural, when the demandant seeks to recover the property; or possessory when he endeavors to obtain the possession. Real Actions are, 1st. Writs of right; 2dly, Writs of entry, which lie in the per, the per et cui, or the post, upon disseisin, intrusion. or alienation. 3dly. Writs ancestral possessory, as Mort d' ancester, aid, besaiel, cosinage, or Nuper obiit. By these actions formerly all disputes concerning real estate, were decided; but now they are pretty generally laid aside in practice, upon account of the great nicety required in their management, and the inconvenient length of their process; a much more expeditious, method of trying titles being since introduced by other actions, personal and mixed.

Personal actions are those brought for the specific recovery of goods and chattels; or for damages or other redress for breach of contract, or other injuries, of whatever description; the specific recovery of lands, tenements, and hereditaments only excepted. Personal actions arise either upon contracts, or for wrongs independently of contracts. The former are account, assumpsit, covenant, debt, and detinue; see these words. In Connecticut and Vermont there is, an action used which is peculiar to those states, called the action of book debt. The actions for wrongs, injuries, or torts, are trespass on the case, replevin, trespass, trover.

Mixed actions are such as appertain, in some degree, to both the former classes, and, therefore, are properly reducible to neither of them, being brought for the specific recovery of lands, tenements, or hereditaments, and for damages for injury sustained in respect of such property. Every mixed action, properly so called, is also a real action. The action of ejectment is a personal action, and formerly, a count for an assault and battery might be joined with a count for the recovery of a term of Years in land.

Actions are also divided into those which are local and such as are transitory.

A local action is one in which the venue must still be laid in the county, in which the cause of action actually arose. The locality of actions is founded in some cases, on common law principles, in others on the statute law.

Of those which continue local, by the common law, are, lst, all actions in which the subject or thing to be recovered is in its nature local. Of this class are real actions, actions of waste, when brought on the statute of Gloucester to recover with the damages, the locus in quo or place wasted; and actions of ejectment. All these are local, because they are brought to recover the seisin or possession of lands or tenements, which are local subjects.

Various actions which do not seek the direct recovery of lands or tenements, are also local, by the common law; because they arise out of some local subject, or the violation of some local right or interest. For example, the action of quare impedit is local, inasmuch as the benefice, in the right of presentationto which the plaintiff complains of being obstructed, is so. Within this class of cases are also many actions in which only pecuniary damages are recoverable. Such are the common law action of waste, and trespass quare clausum fregit; as likewise trespass on the case for injuries affecting things real, as for nuisances to houses or lands; disturbance of rights of way or of common; obstruction or diversion of ancient water courses. The action of replevin, also, though it lies for damages only, and does not arise out of the violation of any local right, is nevertheless local. The reason of its locality appears to be the necessity of giving a local description of the taking complained of. A scire facias upon a record, (which is an action) although to some intents, a continuation of the original suit, is also local.

Personal actions which seek nothing more than the recovery of money or personal chattels of any kind, are in most cases transitory, whether they sound in tort or in contract; because actions of this class are, in most instances, founded on the violation of rights which, in contemplation of law, have no locality. And it will be found true, as a general position, that actions ex delicto, in which a mere personalty is recoverable, are, by the common law, transitory; except when founded upon, or arising out of some local subject. The venue in a transitory action may be laid in any county which the plaintiff may prefer.

In the civil law actions are divided into real, personal, and mixed. A real action, according to the civil law, is that which he who is the owner of a thing, or, has a right in it, has against him who is in possession of it, to compel him to give up the plaintiff, or to permit him to enjoy the right he has in it. It is a right which a person has in a thing, follows the thing, and may be instituted against him who possesses it; and this whether the thing be movable or immovable and, in the sense of the common law, whether the thing be real or personal.

A personal action is that which a creditor has against his debtor, to compel him to fulfil his engagement. Pothier, lb. Personal actions are divided into civil actions and criminal actions. The former are those which are instituted to compel the payment or to do some other thing purely civil the latter are those by which the plaintiff asks the reparation of a tort or injury which he or those who belong to him have sustained. Sometimes these two kinds of actions are united when they assume the name of mixed personal actions.

Mixed actions participate both of personal and real actions. Such are the actions of partition, and to compel the parties to put down landmarks or boundaries.

ACTION AD EXHIBENDUM, Civil Law. This was an action instituted for the purpose of compelling the defendant to exhibit a thing or title, in his power. It was preparatory to another action, which was always a real action in the sense of the Roman law, that is, for the recovery of a thing, whether it was movable or immovable. This is not unlike a bill of discovery.

ACTION OF ADHERENCE, Scotch Law. An action competent to a hushand or Wife to compel either party to adhere in case of desertion.

ACTION OF BOOK DEBT. The name of an action in Connecticut and Vermont, resorted to for the purpose of recovering payment for articles usually charged on book.

ACTION. REDHIBITORY, Civil Law. An action instituted to avoid a sale on account of some Vice or defect in the thing sold which readers it either absolutely useless, or its use so inconvenient and, imperfect, that it must be, supposed the buyer would not have purchased it, had he known of the vice.

ACTION OF A WRIT. This phrase is used when one pleads some matter by which he shows that the plaintiff had no cause to have the writ which he brought, and yet he may have a writ or action for the same matter. Such a plea is called: a plea to the action of the writ, whereas if it should appear by the plea that the plaintiff has no cause to have action for the thing demanded, then it is called a plea to the action.

ACTIONS ORDINARY. Scotch Law. By this term is understood all actions not recissory.

ACTIONS RESCISSORY, Scotch Law. Are divided into, 1, Actions of proper improbation; 2, Actions of reduction-improbation; 3, Actions of simple reduction.

Proper improbation is an action brought for declaring writing false or forged.

Reduction-improbation is an action whereby a person who may be hurt, or affected by a writing, insists for producing or exhibiting it in court, in order to have it set aside or its effects ascertained, under the certification, that the writing if not produced, shall be declared false and forged.

In an action of simple reduction, the certification is only temporary, declaring the writings called for, null, until they be produced; so that they recover their full force after their production.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Law Dictionary
A court proceeding wherein one party prosecutes another party for awrong done, or for protection of a right, or prevention of a wrong.
Divorcesource.com Dictionary
the legal term for what is generally referred to as a lawsuit.
TAO OF DIVORCE A - Z
See Cause of Action
Massachusetts Divorce Law Dictionary
See Cause of Action, Claim
HMCS Legal Terms
see Claim
By Her Majesty's Courts Service. Published under Crown Copyright.
Canadian Insolvency Dictionary
A proceeding in a Court of law where one person seeks a Court Order for the enforcement of that person's or company's rights.
Action Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Bowling Termes 1.0
Motion of the pins caused by the bowler's technique; generally, the combination of accuracy, rotation (also see), and other factors, causing pin motion which is horizontal, rather than vertical, since a horizontally spinning pin covers more of the lane.
Action Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
american horse racing dictionary
1) A horse's manner of moving. 2) A term meaning wagering, for example, "The horse took a lot of action."
Gamblers Glossary
A wager of any kind
Wagering/Betting Terms Glossary
A bet
gambling
1. Is a Large amount of cheques or cash being bet. 2. Game in progress. 3. The total dollar amount be by the player(s) on all hands
Blackjack Glossary
Amount of money bet or "put into action" by a player during entire playing session.
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
torai
The Daily Script Glossary
The scene description, character movement, and sounds as described in a screenplay.
For example: The sounds of TYPING rise above all the rest as MAX sits at his computer writing his essay. He stops to sigh. Looks at what he's written. Reaches over to the mouse. Highlights it all. And erases it.
English - Klingon
v. vang
v. jun
Action Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
noun
thing which is done, effect; the injection will speed up the action of the antibiotic