Commentary: ACTION[+event] An act. Refers to a specific event.
There were a series of murders and other unnatural actions.
John brought legal action against the fast-food restaurant.
Recent federal action has undermined the segregationist position.
The United Nations has some power to organize action without being hobbled by local concerns.
The action had grave consequences later that day.
I was forced to take violent action when John tried to steal my donut.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1 3 4
Commentary: A quality that a person or a thing can have. Generally speaking, a state of activity that something can be "in" or "out of".
He decided to go into action.
The unit is currently out of action.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: ACTION[+event] Important, non-specific, usually vigorous activity. Can apply to a number of fields, including military, financial, or sexual engagement.
His novels have a lot of action towards the end.
Onlookers always try to get close to the action.
The real action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds.
The soldier saw action in Korea.
I heard that John got some action from Mary last night.
Action movies make money no matter how silly they are.
There's more action in the center ring of the circus.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5 7 10
Commentary: ACTION[+event] A process or force that is clearly not produced by the intent of human beings. Also refers to abstract forces in discussions of physics and chemistry.
Chemical action can transform the polymer.
The village was destroyed by volcanic action.
The drug can disrupt the action potential of neurons.
The action of natural forces such as pressure and high temperature creates metamorphic rock from igneous or sedimentary rock.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 6
Commentary: ACTION[+event] The operating part that transfers power to a mechanism.
The piano had some very stiff action.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 8
Commentary: ACTION[+event] A personal quality of vigor and strength. Probably only the phrase "person of action".
He's a man of action.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 9
Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)