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action US English

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

in action in action US English

Engaged in a certain activity; in operation

in action US English

Engaged in a certain activity; in operation

bolt-action US English

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

pump-action US English

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

snap-action US English

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

live action US English

(In filmmaking) action involving real people or animals, as contrasted with animation or computer-generated effects

knee action US English

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

action figure US English

A doll representing a person or fictional character known for vigorous action, such as a soldier or superhero. The figure typically is posable, with jointed limbs

action-packed US English

Full of activity or excitement

action point US English

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

action replay US English

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

class action US English

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

direct action US English

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

double-action US English

another term for double-acting.

single-action US English

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

action painting US English

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

action research US 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 US English

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

delayed-action US English

Operating or effective after a predetermined length of time

delaying action US English

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

personal action US 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

go into action in action US English

Start work or activity

out of action in action US English

Temporarily unable to engage in a certain activity; not working

go into action US English

Start work or activity

out of action US English

Temporarily unable to engage in a certain activity; not working

action committee US English

A body formed to campaign politically, typically on a particular issue

action potential US 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 US English

An action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education; positive discrimination

capillary action US English

another term for capillarity.

industrial action US English

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

plan of action in plan US English

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

plan of action US English

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

rearguard action US English

A defensive action carried out by a retreating army

put into action in action US English

Put into effect; carry out

put into action US English

Put into effect; carry out

cause of action in cause US English

A fact or facts that enable a person to bring an action against another

cause of action US English

A fact or facts that enable a person to bring an action against another

course of action in course US English

A procedure adopted to deal with a situation

course of action US English

A procedure adopted to deal with a situation

swing into action in swing US English

Quickly begin acting or operating

swing into action US English

Quickly begin acting or operating

law of mass action US English

The principle that the rate of a chemical reaction is proportional to the masses of the reacting substances

political action committee US English

An organization that raises money privately to influence elections or legislation, especially at the federal level

a piece of the action in piece US English

A share in the excitement of something

a piece of the action US English

A share in the excitement of something

missing US English

(Of a person) not yet traced or confirmed as alive, but not known to be dead, after an accident or during wartime

coaction US English

Compulsion; restraint; coercion

evasive US English

Directed toward avoidance or escape


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