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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Acting without thinking is like shooting without aiming —B. C. Forbes
- The actions of men are like the index of a book; they point out what is most remarkable in them —Heinrich Heine
- Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year —Sir John Denham
- [Meaningless] actions that seemed like a charade played behind thick glass —Franz Werfel
See Also: IMPORTANCE/UNIMPORTANCE
- All action is involved in imperfection, like fire and smoke —Bhagavad-Gita
- Driven to make a move, like a dilatory chess player prodded on by an impatient opponent —Harvey Swados
- Evil deeds are like perfume, difficult to hide —George Herzog
- A good deed will stick out with an inclination to spread like the tail of a peacock —Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
- Our deeds are like children born to us; they live and act apart from our own will —George Eliot
- 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
- Reprehensible actions are like overstrong brandies; you cannot swallow them at a draught —Victor Hugo
- The acts of my life swarm down the street like Puerto Rican kids —William Meredith
- Trying to shake off the sun as a dog would shake off the sea —James Dickey
- The vilest deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air —Oscar Wilde
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