• Actual sizes of hooks
    Actual sizes of hooks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj actual presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different","actual and imagined conditions"
    • adj actual being or existing at the present moment "the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"
    • adj actual taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated "we saw the actual wedding on television","filmed the actual beating"
    • adj actual existing in act or fact "rocks and trees...the actual world","actual heroism","the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"
    • adj actual being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something "her actual motive","a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton","a genuine dilemma"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leather skin does not have any smell. The leather smell that you sense is actually derived from the materials used in the tanning process
    • Actual Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; -- opposed to potential possible virtual speculative conceivable theoretical, or nominal; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion.
    • Actual In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country.
    • Actual Involving or comprising action; active. "Her walking and other actual performances.""Let your holy and pious intention be actual ; that is . . . by a special prayer or action, . . . given to God."
    • n Actual (Finance) Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts. "The accounts of revenues supplied . . . were not real receipts: not, in financial language, “ actuals ,” but only Egyptian budget estimates."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bhutan issued a stamp in 1973 that looked like a record and actually would play the Bhutanese national anthem if placed on a record player
    • actual Active; practical.
    • actual In full existence; real; denoting that which not merely can be, but is: opposed to potential, apparent, constructive, and imaginary.
    • actual Now existing; present: opposed to past and future: as, in the actual condition of affairs.
    • actual An individual as containing in it species, or a species as containing in it genera; a metaphysical or formal whole. So actual parts.
    • actual Synonyms Actual, Positive, etc. (see real), veritable, genuine, certain, absolute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chef Boyardee is actually a real person. His real name is Hector Boiardi and he was born in northern Italy in 1898
    • adj Actual akt′ū-al real: existing in fact and now, as opp. to an imaginary or past state of things
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  • John Berryman
    John Berryman
    “The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.”
  • J. G. Ballard
    “I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead -- the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual.”
  • William James
    “Belief creates the actual fact.”
  • Keith Davis
    Keith Davis
    “We didn't actually overspend our budget. The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere, to do, act


In literature:

Since he actually was expected in the country, she must teach herself to be insensible on such points.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
And, if the labor movement has arisen in response to actual material needs, it is now a very great and material actuality.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
When such things are actually brought into ownership, their utilities become available, as they would not otherwise be.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
I believe I did actually ask him, now I think of it.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Any such reaction is at the same time a response to some actually present stimulus.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
She was actually gone, and she was so beautiful.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
And then he actually made an effort to entertain her.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
There was something in this that actually awed me.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
One of his brother-captains whom he met at dinner ashore one evening actually told him so.
"Command" by William McFee
The room seemed actually filled with them.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

Ah! What avails the classic bent
And what the cultured word,
Against the undoctored incident
That actually occurred?
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
Or whether it actually is an eagle you are,
With a Roman nose
And claws not made to shake hands with,
And a Me-Almighty eye.
"The American eagle" by D H Lawrence
SECOND SOLDIER. At all times
Great events, my lord, bring with them
Their own omens; and thy dream
But the actual fact prefigured.
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Easy an act to cover him warm:
Such a lover's small success
Like the heaped mind so humble in sleep
But points our actual powerlessness.
"A Dream Observed" by Anne Ridler
Oh! who before in actual woe
The happier signs of bliss could read?
Will not a fate so rigorous lead
To misery, not to rapture?--
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state that the dog is full of love.
I've also found, by actual test,
A wet dog is the lovingest.
"The Dog" by Ogden Nash

In news:

That's understandable: Opposing parties must try to convince us that their candidate is best — and that other candidate is the worst menace to society since some bad event a long time ago that no one actually remembers.
Start by designing the screen to the dimensions you actually require, then apply multiple high-brightness projectors and precision-calculated blending to fit the video to the display.
Actually, Oskar doesn't help so much as he makes the decorations his playthings.
Police Actually Waste Time Investigating, Filing Charges.
Fans could be forgiven for thinking the latest scandalous images of Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart were from a sex tape but they are actually scenes from the singer's new music video.
While not actually a blues album, Mercuryhat's Blinding Blues, Stinging Bees serves the same purpose.
I don't mean a drive-thru at McDonald's (where I actually HAVE spotted that bruised young thing at the window guess they put him there where would-be seniors can't reach him).
We get that the industry is in freefall and that Wal-Mart—the only place in most towns where people can actually walk in and buy a new CD—has record labels by the balls.
Above you'll find a little gem of a video by senior snark correspondent Humberto Martinez (actually, he hesitated before posting this video…something about not poking fun at politicians or something.
S o what are the odds that this will actually, uh, kill me.
This gig would probably be especially interesting to attend if you're not just into the "nonhuman turn," but actually just plain not human.
They are actually bacteria, which live in shallow, warm, slow-moving or still water.
Despite the safety and structural overhaul, the new Blue-nose II will actually look more like the original Grand Banks schooner built in Lunenburg in 1921, says Peter Kinley, CEO of the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance.
Paper magazine's Mickey Boardman is Catholic, and although he missed going to church on Ash Wednesday, and hasn't made any actual resolutions for Lent, he has given the 40 days leading up to Easter a theme.
It's hard to believe, but Sacha Dick actually failed the Presidential Physical Fitness test when she was in second grade.

In science:

The agreement of the actual bus data with the GUE prediction is surprisingly good.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
In work related to q -deformations of the canonical commutation relations, Bo ˙zejko and Speicher obtained a remarkable deformation of the full Fock space, called the q -Fock space; here q is a parameter in (−1, 1), and the actual full Fock space is obtained for q = 0 (see review in Section 2.2 below).
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
We assume that site i is described by actual parameters i.e. εi , λ(2) iσ , ξi , while all other sites in the system are replaced by effective ones described by the coherent potential Σ(z ) and the Green’s functions ¯G(z ).
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
Effects of pulse scattering on time series and power spectrum when modeled as by CL97 and when applying the actual formulae, right) scattered pulsed flux for a model pulsar of P = 1 s and a duty cycle of 5% for different spectral indices.
The Effelsberg Search for Pulsars in the Galactic Centre
We have proven rigorously that within the diagrammatic perturbation theory the critical exponents in the actually considered model cannot be changed by the quenched randomness at n → 0.
Critical behavior of n-vector model with quenched randomness