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action British & World English

The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim

action English Thesaurus

there can be no excuse for their actions

in action British & World English

In operation; working

take action British & World English

Do something official or concerted to achieve an aim or deal with a problem

bolt-action British & World English

(Of a gun) having a breech which is opened by turning a bolt and sliding it back

knee action British & World English

A form of independent front-wheel suspension in a motor vehicle

live action British & World English

Action in films involving filming real people or animals, as contrasted with animation or computer-generated effects

pump-action British & World English

Denoting a repeating firearm in which a new round is brought from the magazine into the breech by a slide action in line with the barrel

snap-action British & World English

Denoting a switch or relay that makes and breaks contact rapidly, whatever the speed of the activating mechanism

action figure British & World English

A doll representing a character known for vigorous activity, such as a soldier or superhero

action group British & World English

A body formed to campaign politically on a particular issue

action-packed British & World English

Full of activity or excitement

action point British & World English

A specific proposal for action to be taken, typically one arising from a discussion or meeting

action replay British & World English

A playback of part of a television broadcast, typically a slow-motion replay of an incident in a sporting event

class action British & World English

A lawsuit filed or defended by an individual acting on behalf of a group

direct action British & World English

The use of strikes, demonstrations, or other public forms of protest rather than negotiation to achieve one’s demands

double-action British & World English

Combining two different functions; double-acting

single-action British & World English

(Of a gun) needing to be cocked by hand before it can be fired

action painting British & World English

A style of abstract painting in which paint is randomly splashed, thrown, or poured on to the canvas. It was made famous by Jackson Pollock, and formed part of the more general movement of abstract expressionism

action research British & World English

Studies carried out in the course of an activity or occupation, typically in the field of education, to improve the methods and approach of those involved

action stations British & World English

The positions taken up by military personnel in preparation for action (often as a command or signal to prepare for action)

delayed-action British & World English

Operating or effective after a predetermined length of time

delaying action British & World English

Action taken to gain time, especially a military engagement that delays the advance of an enemy

personal action British & World English

An action brought for compensation or damages for loss of a thing from the person responsible, rather than for recovery of the thing itself

action painting New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

style of painting in which paint is thrown on to the canvas

go into action British & World English

Start work or activity

man of action British & World English

A man whose life is characterized by physical activity or deeds rather than by words or intellectual matters

out of action British & World English

Temporarily unable to work or function

action potential British & World English

The change in electrical potential associated with the passage of an impulse along the membrane of a muscle cell or nerve cell

affirmative action British & World English

Action favouring those who tend to suffer from discrimination; positive discrimination

capillary action British & World English

Another term for capillarity.

industrial action British & World English

Action taken by employees of a company as a protest, especially striking or working to rule

plan of action British & World English

An organized programme of measures to be taken in order to achieve a goal

rearguard action British & World English

A defensive action carried out by a retreating army

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