Syn. Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick; sprightly; prompt; energetic.
1. In an active manner; nimbly; briskly; energetically; also, by one's own action; voluntarily, not passively.
2. (Gram.) In an active signification; as, a word used actively.
(Ac"tive*ness), n. The quality of being active; nimbleness; quickness of motion; activity.
(Ac*tiv"i*ty) n.; pl. Activities [Cf. F. activité, LL. activitas.] The state or quality of being active; nimbleness; agility; vigorous
action or operation; energy; active force; as, an increasing variety of human activities. "The activity of
Syn. Liveliness; briskness; quickness.
(Act"less) a. Without action or spirit. [R.]
(Ac"ton) n. [OF. aketon, auqueton, F. hoqueton, a quilted jacket, fr. Sp. alcoton, algodon,
cotton. Cf. Cotton.] A stuffed jacket worn under the mail, or (later) a jacket plated with mail. [Spelled
also hacqueton.] [Obs.] Halliwell. Sir W. Scott.
(Ac"tor) n. [L. actor, fr. agere to act.]
1. One who acts, or takes part in any affair; a doer.
2. A theatrical performer; a stageplayer.
After a well graced actor leaves the stage.
3. (Law) (a) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes. Jacobs. (b) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff
(Ac`tress) n. [Cf. F. actrice.]
1. A female actor or doer. [Obs.] Cockeram.
2. A female stageplayer; a woman who acts a part.
(Ac"tu*al) a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act.]
1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.]
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.
2. 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