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ac·tion

 (ăk′shən)
n.
1. The state or process of acting or doing: The medical team went into action.
2. Something that is done or accomplished; a deed. See Usage Note at act.
3. Organized activity to accomplish an objective: a problem requiring drastic action.
4. The causation of change by the exertion of power or a natural process: the action of waves on a beach; the action of a drug on blood pressure.
5. Habitual or vigorous activity; energy: a woman of action.
6. often actions Behavior or conduct.
7. Law A proceeding brought before a court to obtain relief; a lawsuit.
8.
a. Armed encounter; combat: missing in action.
b. An engagement between troops or ships: fought a rear-guard action.
9. The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area: always heads for where the action is.
10.
a. A movement or a series of movements, as of an actor.
b. Manner of movement: a horse with fine action.
c. The appearance of animation of a figure in painting or sculpture.
11.
a. The series of events and episodes that form the plot of a story or play: The action of the novel takes place over 40 years in the South.
b. A series or number of fast-moving, exciting, or dangerous events, especially in a movie: liked the film because there was so much action.
12.
a. The operating parts of a mechanism.
b. The manner in which such parts operate.
c. The manner in which a musical instrument can be played; playability: a piano with quick action.

ac′tion·less adj.

Actions

 

See Also: BEHAVIOR, CAUTION, LEAPING, JUMPING, MOVEMENT, VIOLENCE

  1. Acting without thinking is like shooting without aiming —B. C. Forbes
  2. The actions of men are like the index of a book; they point out what is most remarkable in them —Heinrich Heine
  3. Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year —Sir John Denham
  4. [Meaningless] actions that seemed like a charade played behind thick glass —Franz Werfel

    See Also: IMPORTANCE/UNIMPORTANCE

  5. All action is involved in imperfection, like fire and smoke —Bhagavad-Gita
  6. Driven to make a move, like a dilatory chess player prodded on by an impatient opponent —Harvey Swados
  7. Evil deeds are like perfume, difficult to hide —George Herzog
  8. A good deed will stick out with an inclination to spread like the tail of a peacock —Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  9. Our deeds are like children born to us; they live and act apart from our own will —George Eliot
  10. Our least deed, like the young of the land crab, wends its way to the sea of cause and effect as soon as born, and makes a drop there to eternity —Henry David Thoreau
  11. Reprehensible actions are like overstrong brandies; you cannot swallow them at a draught —Victor Hugo
  12. The acts of my life swarm down the street like Puerto Rican kids —William Meredith
  13. Trying to shake off the sun as a dog would shake off the sea —James Dickey
  14. The vilest deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air —Oscar Wilde
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You'll spoil it if you do, for the interest of the story is more in the minds than in the actions of the people, and it will be all a muddle if you don't explain as you go on," said Meg, who firmly believed that this book was the most remarkable novel ever written.
At first, used as they were to the actions of unscrupulous rivals in trying to thwart their efforts, Tom and Ned had been on the alert for any signs of hidden enemies on board the steamer.
She seemed for the time to be taking a rest from that laborious and fatiguing function and to have abandoned herself to some mechanical impulse that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility.
There was one man, however, who, by his countenance and actions, formed a marked exception to those who composed the latter class of spectators, being neither idle, nor seemingly very ignorant.
Though, consumed with the hot fire of his purpose, Ahab in all his thoughts and actions ever had in view the ultimate capture of Moby Dick; though he seemed ready to sacrifice all mortal interests to that one passion; nevertheless it may have been that he was by nature and long habituation far too wedded to a fiery whaleman's ways, altogether to abandon the collateral prosecution of the voyage.
But if these suspicions were really his, he sagaciously refrained from verbally expressing them, however his actions might seem to hint them.
I, with my noble master, went into many actions together without a wound; and though I saw horses shot down with bullets, pierced through with lances, and gashed with fearful saber-cuts; though we left them dead on the field, or dying in the agony of their wounds, I don't think I feared for myself.
He had been shorn, at one cut, of all those mysterious weapons whereby he had been able to make a living easily and to escape the consequences of his actions.
Treat 'em like dogs, and you'll have dogs' works and dogs' actions.
Trade and commerce, if they were not made of india-rubber, would never manage to bounce over obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way; and if one were to judge these men wholly by the effects of their actions and not partly by their intentions, they would deserve to be classed and punished with those mischievious persons who put obstructions on the railroads.
So then we was pretty scared, and made up an agreement that we wouldn't have nothing in the world to do with such actions, and if we ever got the least show we would give them the cold shake and clear out and leave them behind.
It came to her naturally, so her family said, and perhaps for this reason she, like Tom Tulliver's clergyman tutor, "set about it with that uniformity of method and independence of circumstances which distinguish the actions of animals understood to be under the immediate teaching of Nature.