[[t]ˈæk ʃən[/t]] n.
1) the process or state of acting or functioning; the state of being active:
We saw the team in action[/ex]
2) something done or performed; act; deed
3) a consciously willed act or activity
4) practical, often organized activity undertaken to deal with or accomplish something:
a crisis that requires immediate action[/ex]
5) actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct
6) energetic activity:
a man of action[/ex]
7) an exertion of power or force:
the erosive action of wind[/ex]
8) effect or influence:
the action of morphine[/ex]
9) a change in organs, tissues, or cells leading to performance of a function, as in muscular contraction
10) way or manner of moving:
the action of a horse[/ex]
11) the mechanism by which something is operated, as that of a gun or a piano
12) mil a military encounter, as a battle or skirmish
13) mil actual combat with enemy forces
14) lit. the main subject or story line of a literary or dramatic work
a) lit. an event or series of events that form part of a dramatic plot
b) lit. one of the three dramatic unities
Compare unity 8)
c) sbz (used as a command by a motion-picture director to begin the performance of a scene for filming)
16) sbz the gestures or deportment of an actor or speaker
17) law a legal proceeding instituted by one party against another
18) cvb sts Slang.
a) interesting or exciting activity, sometimes of an illicit nature
b) gambling activity
Etymology: 1300–50; < L āctiō=ag(ere) to drive, do, act+-tiō -tion ac′tion•less, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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