The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim
there can be no excuse for their actions
Engaged in a certain activity; in operation
Painting or sculpture characterized by the depiction of action or activity.
A cinematographic film, a movie; = motion picture (now disused).
(The name of) a telephone helpline or similar service offering practical assistance, intervention, or advice, especially one operated by a newspaper or other media outlet.
(A trademark for) a type of male doll in combat dress; (also) a man likened to such a doll in being brave, strong, etc. (often ironic); frequently attributive.
A noun expressing action.
A collection of informative or educational materials relating to a particular activity, issue, or course of action.
A shot representing the subject in motion.
A (children's) song involving dramatic movement, especially of the hands.
The period during which a stimulus must act in order to produce a sensation.
A verb which expresses action, especially as opposed to a linking verb, modal verb, etc.
A word, especially a verb or verbal noun, used to express action.
(Of a narrative, production, etc.) full of action, energy, or exciting events.
(Of a gun) having a breech that is opened by turning a bolt and sliding it back
The action of ice upon the surface of the earth, especially during glacial periods.
The mechanism by which sounds are produced in keyboard instruments; the action of such an instrument's keys.
A form of independent front-wheel suspension in a motor vehicle
(In filmmaking) action involving real people or animals, as contrasted with animation or computer-generated effects
Chemistry the effect which the concentration of a reactant has on the rate of a chemical reaction; especially in law of mass action noun the principle that the rate of a reaction is proportional to the concentrations or activities of the reactants.
Absence of action, inaction; failure or refusal to act.
Prior or previous action; action taking place before something.
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
Denoting a switch or relay that makes and breaks contact rapidly, whatever the speed of the activating mechanism
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
Full of activity or excitement
A specific proposal for action to be taken, typically one arising from a discussion or meeting
A playback of part of a television broadcast, typically a slow-motion replay of an incident in a sporting event
(With the) the artistic movement associated with action painting.
(In Scottish Presbyterian Churches) the sermon preached before the administration of the Eucharist.
A sport involving vigorous physical activity.
Of or designating a type of construction in which the subject precedes the verb.
A lawsuit filed or defended by an individual or small group acting on behalf of a large group
The use of strikes, demonstrations, or other public forms of protest rather than negotiation to achieve one’s demands
another term for double-acting.
Legal proceedings; a lawsuit
A bolt-action breech mechanism of the type designed by the Mausers.
The mechanism by which the impulse of the fingers upon the keys of a piano is communicated to the hammers which strike the strings.
Relating to or designating an action that takes place at a particular point in time.
The activity or behaviour of the police.
(Of apparatus) that is able to act quickly.
A movement or action that results from or constitutes a recoil.
An action performed independently of the will, as an automatic response to a sensory stimulus; (more widely) an action that is automatic, unthinking, or instinctive; also in extended use and figurative.
(Of a gun) needing to be cocked by hand before it can be fired
A sliding motion or action; a mechanism (especially on a firearm) which delivers such a motion or action.
Deliberate action that results or is intended to result in a change in the institutions or conditions of social life; an instance of this.
The electrical current produced in nerve fibres or other living tissue during activity.
An extreme left-wing French terrorist group active especially in the 1980s.
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