• WordNet 3.6
    • adj actionable affording grounds for legal action "slander is an actionable offense"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Action of Condenser Action of Condenser
Focussing Action of Lens Focussing Action of Lens
Harpsichord action Harpsichord action
31. Clavichord action 31. Clavichord action
A sailing canoe in action A sailing canoe in action

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Connecticut Toy maker, Herobuilders, sells action figures of President George W. Bush, Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, which are all major figures tied to the September 11, 2001 WTC attacks
    • a Actionable That may be the subject of an action or suit at law; as, to call a man a thief is actionable .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When Swiss cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is liberated, it bubbles through the cheese leaving holes. Cheese-makers call them "eyes."
    • actionable Furnishing sufficient ground for an action at law: as, to call a man a thief is actionable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Superman dates back to June 1938, when he appeared in Action Comics No. 1. Batman arrived on the scene one year later in Detective Comics No. 27, appearing May 1939.
    • adj Actionable liable to a lawsuit
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  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Action is the product of the qualities inherent in nature.”
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
    “The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.”
  • Charlotte Bronte
    “It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.”


Actions speak louder than words - This idiom means that what people actually do is more important than what they say- people can promise things but then fail to deliver.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. actionabilis,. See Action


In literature:

This action of the soul is a restful action.
"A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents" by Jeanne Marie Bouvières de la Mot Guyon
Of Relation: Substance and accident, cause and effect, action and reaction.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Mast and yard were taken down before going into action.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Several persons who were arrested on the general warrant brought actions against the messengers.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Indeed, if love of money were the mainspring of all American action, the officer corps long since would have disintegrated.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
He did so in the dark days when the outlook was the reverse of promising, in nearly every aspect, to a man of action.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
Possibly he faces the object by his own action.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
It was uncompromisingly logical in its action, not hesitating at rigid prohibition of outside competition.
"Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812" by Alfred Thayer Mahan
Such was the result of Japan's action, and thus dangerous were the tactics that Japan's action had frustrated.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
In a ship, flag-lieutenant to an admiral, or, in action, the quarter-deck midshipmen to a captain.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

Hast thou no burden then to bear?
No action to repent?
Is all around so very fair?
Is thy heart quite content?
"Come Unto Me" by George MacDonald
Not rudely, as a beast,
To runne into an action;
But still to make Thee prepossest,
And give it his perfection.
"The Elixir" by George Herbert
Only the Lord can understand
When those first pangs begin,
How much is reflex action and
How much is really sin.
"The Comforters" by Rudyard Kipling
What scientist can ever tell
The mainspring of all action,
If all his reasons fail so prove
Molecular attraction?
"Fragments" by Jared Barhite
But these in separate actions,
Or in forces all combined,
Leave not so sad a ruin
As the wreck of one human mind.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
Is he wise, he merits fame,
And he too shall share it;
If a fool, the greater shame,
His actions will declare it.
"Dialogue With Fame." by Samuel Bamford

In news:

GILLETTE, New Jersey, May 17 AS we creep closer to the Olympic Games in London this summer, Swimming World will produce event-by-event previews of the action set to unfold.
This dual backwash action provides intense and extremely effective backwashing of the filter media.
Bronc riding action … Jamie Willert of Kadoka on Blueberry Buckle from Morrison Bucking Horses at the 2011 6th Annual Badlands Match Bronc Riding.
There's some new Housewives thrown into the mix, but all your old favorites are still bringing the drama -- and then some -- to the new season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and has a sneak peek of all the action.
The second trailer for Warner Bros.' Wrath of the Titans debuted on Thursday featuring even more heart-pumping gods vs Titans action.
After watching the expanding of Blood Moon Manor and Dr Nexum's Sanitarium plus the building of the all new City Of The Lost, this summer, I could not wait to see the park in action.
A Action Fast Bail Bond s By Hucker L.b.a.
SOUTH NEW BERLIN – After June 27 pitching action, Kelly's Flowers and Baillie 's Lumber shared the lead in the South New Berlin Horseshoe League.
This sleepy Costa Rican village offers world-class offshore fishing action.
The TV and movie industries are asking the FCC to stay the April 1 launch of voiced descriptions of on-screen action intended to help the blind.
Here's a new move for video game hoops: The upcoming Xbox 360 release NBA Baller Beats adds a real basketball to the action.
(photo by Kevin and Dawn Cobello/K&D Action Photo).
Student activist Curtis Hierro speaks during a national day of action for education rights March 1, which sought to call attention to ballooning student debt in America.
Here are a few tips and two simple rigs that will put you in the action.

In science:

Equivalently, a right G -action is a left G op -action, and the switch between the two actions is simply given by the inversion jG . 5.5.
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations
The action of G on the path space GZ+ commutes with the time shift, so that this action descends to an action on E which preserves the tail measure type [εm ], and εn,gθ = gεn,θ for any n ∈ Z+ , g ∈ G and any measure θ on G.
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
The action of H on Y × H is induced by the trivial action on Y and by the translation action on H .
Group actions on central simple algebras: a geometric approach
At the component level, however, the purely fermionic action has been shown to be equivalent to the Goldstino action (A.1) under the mild condition (6.3), which holds for infinitely many members of the family, including the supersymmetric BornInfeld action (6.4).
On the component structure of N = 1 supersymmetric nonlinear electrodynamics
Therefore Mg is also residually finite, and furthermore, the action of Mg on Sg extends to a continuous action of M g . 4.7 Remark These actions are not necessarily faithful, in particular it is not for g = 1.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds