Noun Actionless Definition and Examples







Without action; inactive, inert.


    1. the process or state of acting or of being active: The machine is not in action now.

    2. something done or performed; act; deed.

    3. an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity: a crisis that demands action instead of debate; hoping for constructive action by the landlord.

    4. actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct: He is responsible for his actions.

    5. energetic activity: a man of action.

    6. an exertion of power or force: the action of wind upon a ship's sails.

    7. effect or influence: the action of morphine.

    8. Physiology. a change in organs, tissues, or cells leading to performance of a function, as in muscular contraction.

    9. way or manner of moving: the action of a machine or of a horse. 10. the mechanism by which something is operated, as that of a gun or a piano. 1

    1. a military encounter or engagement; battle, skirmish, or the like. 1

    2. actual engagement in fighting an enemy; military or naval combat: He saw action in Vietnam. 1

    3. Literature. the main subject or story, as distinguished from an incidental episode. 1

    4. Theater. an event or series of events that form part of a dramatic plot: the action of a scene. one of the three unities.Compare unity (def 8). 1

    5. the gestures or deportment of an actor or speaker. 1

    6. Fine Arts. the appearance of animation, movement, or emotion given to figures by their attitude, position, or expression. 1

    7. Law. a proceeding instituted by one party against another. the right of bringing it. 1

    8. Slang. interesting or exciting activity, often of an illicit nature: He gave us some tips on where the action was. gambling or the excitement of gambling: The casino usually offers plenty of action. money bet in gambling, especially illegally. 1

    9. Ecclesiastical. a religious ceremony, especially a Eucharistic service. the canon of the Mass. those parts of a service of worship in which the congregation participates. adjective 20. characterized by brisk or dynamic action: an action car; an action melodrama. Idioms 2

    1. in action, performing or taking part in a characteristic act: The school baseball team is in action tonight. working; functioning: His rescuing the child was bravery in action. 2

    2. out of action, removed from action, as by sudden disability: The star halfback is out of action with a bad knee. 2

    3. piece of the action, Informal. a share of the proceeds or profits: Cut me in for a piece of the action. 2

    4. take action, to start doing something: As soon as we get his decision, we'll take action. to start a legal procedure.



    Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Dudley North (1602–1677), politician and author. From action + -less.

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