Action - 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 - n. An act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. (pl.):
Habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor.
Action - 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.
Action - n. Movement; as, the horse has a spirited action.
Action - n. Effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of
Action - 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.
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.
Action - n. The attitude or position of the several parts of the body
as expressive of the sentiment or passion depicted.
Action - 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.
Action - n. A right of action; as, the law gives an action for every
Action - n. A share in the capital stock of a joint-stock company, or
in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks.
Action - n. An engagement between troops in war, whether on land or
water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action.
Action - 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.