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  1. ac·tion
  2. noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: action, plural noun: actions

    • noun

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

      the way in which something such as a chemical has an effect or influence:

    • verb

      take action on; deal with:
    • adjective

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

      denoting a gun whose hinged barrel is secured by a spring catch.

    • noun

      the operation of a snap-action switch, relay, or gun.
    • adjective

      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 spray dispenser for a liquid such as deodorant or cooking oil that is worked by finger action rather than by internal pressure (as in an aerosol):

    • adjective

      operating or effective after a predetermined length of time:
    • noun

      the operation of something after a predetermined length of time.
    • adjective

      another term for double-acting

      (of a gun) able to be cocked and fired in one single action.

    • adjective

      characterized by dramatic, energetic, or exciting activity:

      (of a person) performing a particular activity or role with great energy and vigor:

    • noun

      a playback of part of a television broadcast, typically one in slow motion showing an incident in a sports event; an instant replay.

      an exact repetition of an action or event:

    • noun

      a body formed to campaign politically on a particular issue:
    • adjective

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